Moranbah dad to spend Xmas behind bars over assault claims
A MORANBAH business owner will remain in custody over the Christmas period after he allegedly beat his daughter's boyfriend with a metal pole.
David Rawiri Edwards' case was heard at Moranbah Magistrates Court on Thursday, December 10, more than a month after he was arrested and charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.
Edwards, the owner of Treespec CQ, was arrested on October 31 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's Moranbah property on September 30.
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.
Mr Herlihy was allegedly left in his own car outside his mother's house on Mills Ave before being flown to Mackay with life threatening injuries and extensive broken bones.
On Thursday, Wallace and Wallace Lawyers withdrew from the case, with Edwards retaining Potts Lawyers.
Criminal lawyer Andrew Hanlon, of Potts Lawyers, appeared via phone conference seeking a brief of evidence.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Ongheen said the entire Mackay Police district has been dealing with technical troubles, causing a delay in getting the information through.
He said the brief of evidence would be supplied within a matter of days.
Edwards was denied bail at the first appearance on November 2 and was yesterday remanded in custody until the new year.
The matter was set for a committal mention at Moranbah Magistrates Court on January 14.