Toowoomba assault victim owes his life to strangers

STEVE Edmondstone owes his life to two strangers - a young man and his girlfriend.

Had he been left, bloodied and unconscious, on a Wilsonton footpath much longer than when the pair found him, the Rockville man - a victim of a vicious and random assault late Friday night - would be dead.

Now, once he's discharged from the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the thugs who bashed him are caught, he's got an offer for the two strangers.

Dinner on him, and the heartfelt thanks for saving his life.

The deep bleed at the back of Steve Edmondstone's head after a brutal street assault outside the Wilsonton Hotel on Friday.
The deep bleed at the back of Steve Edmondstone's head after a brutal street assault outside the Wilsonton Hotel on Friday. Contributed

"I owe my life to those two," he told The Chronicle from his bed in the PA Hospital in Brisbane.

Mr Edmondstone, 48, recalls leaving the Wilsonton Hotel just after 11pm Friday to walk home and coming across three men standing on the footpath, and he asked them to move.

Two did, but a third didn't budge so he walked around and tried to continue on his way when the group surrounded him.

"Then the last thing I remember is when this young fellow saw me on the footpath and pulled me up," Mr Edmondstone said.

He had a busted left lip and a 12mm brain bleed. The young man's girlfriend rang an ambulance while a police patrol passed by and took control of the scene.

CT scans showing the extent of injuries Steve Edmondstone suffered in a shocking assault near the Wilsonton Hotel on Friday night.
CT scans showing the extent of injuries Steve Edmondstone suffered in a shocking assault near the Wilsonton Hotel on Friday night. Contributed

He was airlifted from Toowoomba Hospital after undergoing a CT scan which also revealed a plate in his skull had moved about 5mm.

He woke up in the PA Hospital and hopes a final scan later this week - when swelling on his brain has reduced enough - will let him return to Toowoomba and get back to work next week.

"I'm still getting a few dizzy spells but they seem to be getting better," he said.

Mr Edmondstone hopes that by telling his story others will reconsider walking alone late at night in Toowoomba.

Darling Downs Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said the serious assault on Mr Edmondstone remained an active investigation, and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Steve Edmondstone in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane after he was assaulted near the Wilsonton Hotel on Friday night.
Steve Edmondstone in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane after he was assaulted near the Wilsonton Hotel on Friday night. Contributed

He said there was no excuse for violence of any kind against another person, and while everyone had the right to walk on their own, people should consider their own personal safety.

"There is no excuse, and no need, for violence against others," he said.

"Remember that one punch, or even one push, can be kill."

Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 with any information.



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