A further adjournment has been granted to David Rawiri Edwards, who was arrested and charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm in October, 2020.
A further adjournment has been granted to David Rawiri Edwards, who was arrested and charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm in October, 2020.

Further delay after ‘brutal’ Moranbah assault allegations

A further adjournment has been granted to David Rawiri Edwards, who was arrested and charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm in October.

Criminal lawyer Andrew Hanlon, of Potts Lawyers, appeared on behalf of Edwards via phone at Moranbah Magistrates Court on April 15.

He explained there was one outstanding item as part of the brief of evidence that had been delayed due to the police officer involved being on extended leave.

Mr Hanlon was seeking at adjournment to progress the matters.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Cramp said he had spoken to the arresting officer and Mr Hanlon could expect the additional materials within the fortnight.

Police sent out alerts during the Moranbah assault investigation asking for information about this Holden Commodore utility.
Police sent out alerts during the Moranbah assault investigation asking for information about this Holden Commodore utility.

The Moranbah father, and owner of Treespec CQ, was arrested following ongoing investigations into the alleged attack on Justin Karl Herlihy, 47, on September 30.

It was alleged Mr Edwards acted with a co-offender, who allegedly held Mr Herlihy on the ground in a shed at Mr Edwards' Moranbah property.

At the first appearance on November 2, Magistrate Robert Walker said Mr Edwards allegedly took a metre-long black metal bar and struck the victim in the shin area before striking in other areas including his head, face and arms in a "brutal" assault.

Mr Herlihy was allegedly left in his own car outside his mother's house on Mills Avenue before being flown to Mackay with life threatening injuries and extensive broken bones.

Edwards was released on Supreme Court bail on December 16, after being remanded in custody by Magistrate Robert Walker on December 11.

A $10,000 cash surety bond was paid in Moranbah for his release, with strict conditions not to enter or approach Moranbah unless appearing in court, the surrender of his passport and orders to report to Yeppoon police on Mondays and Fridays.

The matter was adjourned to Moranbah Magistrates Court on May 13. Edwards' bail was enlarged.

Originally published as Further delay following 'brutal' assault allegations