Alleged chair attack victim 'unlikely to survive'
UPDATE 10.30AM: Rockhampton police have advised the victim of Thursday night's alleged assault at Lakes Creek is unlikely to survive, and his alleged attacker could have his charges upgraded.
The victim allegedly sustained head injuries at the hands of someone who was known to him, and was unresponsive when police reached the scene.
Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey, Officer in Charge of Rockhampton CBD, said police immediately administered CPR until Queensland Ambulance Service arrived.
"That male person has since been transported to Rockhampton Base Hospital, he is listed as critical, he is on life support with severe head injuries and the latest information is that he's unlikely to survive," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.
"Police have taken into custody a male person and have commenced proceedings against that person and at this stage in regards to that (alleged) assault and will continue to speak to the hospital in regards to the relevant charge given the condition of the victim."
Det Snr Sgt Peachey confirmed the alleged victim had no pulse when police arrived on scene.
"Police were unable to locate a pulse and obviously did a great job administering CPR," he said.
"A crime scene has been declared and is currently being processed. At this stage we believe it is some type of chair or part of a chair that has been used in the (alleged) assault.
"Until such time we are able to do an investigative search of that place and work with our forensics we won't be able to fully confirm what weapon was (allegedly) used in the (alleged) assault."
Det Snr Sgt Peachey said the alleged attacker was arrested on scene and lived and worked with the victim.
"A number of these people are non-English speaking so it is proving some challenges to us in regards to witness statements but we will work around the clock with our interpretive services so we can get this matter to a quick resolution."
He said given the alleged victim's condition, if he was to die, police would look to upgrade charges.
"The advice I've got from speaking to doctors at Rockhampton Hospital is that they are severe head injuries, a number of head fractures which have caused significant damage to his brain," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.
He confirmed a male witness at the home called police.
"It is still very early in the investigation; we are currently speaking to a number of witnesses," he said.
"We will try and find out today the circumstances of how it happened and what led to this actually occurring."
Det Snr Sgt said it was looking like being one of the most serious of alleged offences - murder.
"It's looking likely that someone may lose their life and that is tragic for the Rockhampton community, for the family and everyone involved," he said.
"Once again, we have seen an altercation between two people, we will allege, and it appears as a result someone could tragically lose their life.
"It's very concerning for us and we ask people once again to consider their actions and know that every action has a consequence and in this case it could be most severe of consequences."
The man charged with the alleged attack is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court after 2pm.
INITIAL 7AM: Detectives have charged a man after an altercation left one man in hospital with critical head injuries overnight in Lakes Creek.
Shortly before 10pm two men, who are known to each other, became involved in an altercation at a Mackay Street house.
It will be alleged one of the men used a wooden chair handle to hit the other man once in the head causing significant injuries.
The man collapsed to the ground and emergency services were called by a witness in the house.
A 32-year-old Lakes Creek man was transported to the Rockhampton Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
A 35-year-old Lakes Creek man has been charged with one count of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.
He will appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.