A CASINO woman with serious facial injuries is lying in a hospital bed surrounded by family. They fear she may have brain damage after she was savagely attacked at her home.
Tears rolled down Geoff Wischart's cheeks as he recounted how he had defended his partner, Dianne Davis, with a stock whip during the attack.
Despite this, Ms Davis now has a fractured eye socket, broken nose, fractured cheekbone and split lip.
Mr Wischart said the couple was in bed at their home on Tuesday night about 11:50pm when they heard their garbage bins being kicked over at the front of the house.
Ms Davis, 63, went out to put her bin back upright and was confronted by a youth. When she asked whether he had been responsible for the racket, he attacked her.
Mr Wishchart said Ms Davis had her bin kicked at her, prompting him to come out to defend her. He fought off the attacker before he ran inside to grab something to defend himself and his partner.
That move was his big mistake, the Casino electrician conceded.
Emotion overwhelmed Mr Wischart as he struggled to recall emerging from the house with the stock whip in hand, only to see his partner of 14 years lying unconscious on the front lawn after allegedly being beaten by the teenage attacker.
“That was my downfall,” he said.
“I should have said to her ‘go inside, go behind the door and get the whip'. But I said ‘I'll go get it', so I raced in and got it and by the time I got down the stairs, he had kicked the gate open, he raced in and went bang, dropped her.”
A nearby nurse arrived to help Ms Davis, who lay unconscious for more than a minute while Mr Wischart cracked the whip at her assailant.
“I think I got him a few times. I lost the tip of it,” he said.
“When I got down to the hospital to see Dianne, she was in a mess – three stitches in her lip, right eye closed up, blood everywhere, broken nose. She was in a lot of pain.
“They are worried about her brain ... she could have brain damage.”
Ms Davis was taken to Lismore Base Hospital yesterday for a CT scan and doctors debated sending her to Gold Coast Hospital or Brisbane for further treatment.
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Mick Dempsey said an 18-year-old male was later arrested and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, malicious damage to property, enter closed lands and intimidation. The youth was refused bail in Lismore Local Court yesterday.
Mr Wishchart and Ms Davis moved into their home 12 years ago after building it themselves.
While they have witnessed violent incidents and anti-social behaviour in their street, they never thought it would happen to them.
“It does go on, but only a couple of days ago Dianne said to me, ‘it's been so long since there was any trouble here, it's been nice and quiet',” Mr Wischart said.
“Now she reckons she is not coming back here.”
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