Witnesses sought following two serious assaults

Lismore police are seeking information from the public following two assaults in Goonellabah on Tuesday during which two people received serious injuries and property was damaged.

At 12.40am a 55-year-old woman was seriously assaulted and had her Fiford Avenue home ransacked by a group of Aboriginal young people.

During the attack, the woman was punched in the head and face by a number of the offenders, who also unsuccessfully tried to steal the womans car by driving it through the garage doors.

The woman was admitted to the Lismore Base Hospital and was transfered to Brisbane yesterday, and police say her injuries are serious but not life threatening.

At 11.55pm on Tuesday a 57-year-old man also sustained injuries after trying to stop a group of young people entering his business. The man first noticed the youths jumping up and down on his car at the front of his workplace in Rous Road, Goonellabah.

The man confronted the group, who left the area but returned a short time and smashed a plate glass window of mans business before trying to enter through a door. The man resisted by holding the door closed and in doing so received possible broken ribs and serious internal injuries to his spleen.

The man was admitted to Lismore Base Hospital and is now in a serious but stable condition.

At a press conference held in Goonellabah yesterday (Wednesday) police could not say if the incidents were related.

Police have a number of suspects in relation to both incidents but are urging anyone with information to immediately contact Lismore Police on 6623 1599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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