Man in court over Christmas brawl

A MAN has appeared in court charged over an alleged Christmas Eve fight that has left a 66-year-old man battling to survive in hospital.

Michael Patrick McGuire, 50, of Boolboonda, was charged with grievous bodily harm after an alleged fight with his neighbour Colin Robert Lavaring on a New Moonta property, near Gin Gin.

Mr Lavaring suffered serious head injuries during the alleged fight and is now on life support in a Brisbane hospital.

Police allege that at about 10am last Thursday, McGuire and Mr Lavaring got into an altercation and, during the argument, Mr Lavaring fell to the ground.

He was taken by helicopter to Royal Brisbane Hospital (RBH).

Mr Lavaring had serious head injuries and remained in a critical condition yesterday morning.

McGuire appeared in a prison-issue brown tracksuit, handcuffs and did not apply for bail.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said he would be better able to inform the court of the victim’s state of health today.

“An extra 24 hours may give the court a clearer picture about the nature of the injuries,” he said.

The court was told if the victim’s injuries worsened, or he died, the charge against McGuire could be upgraded.

Defence counsel Simon Burgess asked Magistrate John Smith if the matter could be adjourned until today, to give him more time to consult with his client.

Mr Smith, who was hearing the court case over the telephone from Hervey Bay, agreed to adjourn the matter until this morning.

McGuire was remanded in custody.



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