News

Assault victim calls for CCTV

A 20-YEAR-OLD man has spoken out after being assaulted in the main street of Byron Bay.

Robert Docking, an auto electrician, suffered a fractured jaw when he was hit from behind out the front of Why Not restaurant in Jonson St at 3.30am on Sunday, October 21.

Mr Docking, who had to have two metal plates inserted in his jaw, said the attack was completely unprovoked and that he hadn't even seen the perpetrator.

"It was a dog act," he said.

Mr Docking said he was shocked when he was told that he was just one of 12 Byron assault victims also being treated at the hospital

"One (Byron) guy in there had two broken eye-sockets and his jaw wired together," he said.

Mr Docking said CCTV couldn't be introduced soon enough to the town.

In February Byron was rated the fourth-worst area for alcohol-related violence after Sydney CBD, Kings Cross and Newcastle. There were 225 alcohol-related assaults at Byron Bay in the 12 months to March 2012, 190 of them on Jonson St.

A majority of Byron councillors have voted to give in-principle support to CCTV.

Police want to speak to a man of Caucasian appearance who they believe may be able to help with their inquiries. He was about 20, 178cm tall, with a slim build, and wearing jeans, a shirt, and a red and blue baseball cap worn backwards at the time.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Moonshine Ochre a shade of Blues

ON STAGE: Gold Coast band Mescalito Blues.

GOLD Coast band Mescalito Blues are a regular fixture

Never weary of Bingham’s music and his crazy heart

George Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles, California.

RYAN Bingham became a global sensation in 2010

Councils back campaign against ‘obscene’ Wicked slogans

Byron Shire Council has joined the fight against Wicked camper van slogans.

BALLINA, Byron councils will write to NSW and Queensland premiers

Latest deals and offers

WATCH: Bong throwing at Nimbin MardiGrass

THERE was no shortage of brave (or foolish) competitors in the Nimbin MardiGrass “Hemp Olympix” on Saturday.

Moonshine Ochre a shade of Blues

ON STAGE: Gold Coast band Mescalito Blues.

GOLD Coast band Mescalito Blues are a regular fixture

Never weary of Bingham’s music and his crazy heart

George Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles, California.

RYAN Bingham became a global sensation in 2010

Councils back campaign against ‘obscene’ Wicked slogans

Byron Shire Council has joined the fight against Wicked camper van slogans.

BALLINA, Byron councils will write to NSW and Queensland premiers

Shakespeare at Byron just As You Like It

Rosalie Craig in As You Like It, produced by the UK's National Theatre Live.

SHAKESPEARE’S glorious comedy of love and change comes to Byron

Ramones drummer to hit the beats in Byron Bay today

Richie Ramone is an American drummer best known for being the drummer for the iconic punk band the Ramones, from February 1983 until August 1987.

HE WAS born Richard Reinhardt in 1957

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Broncos prepare for Sharks

Defensive training session at the Broncos

Tough defensive session in preparation for Sharks game.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances