News

Home invasion victim, 71, remains in coma

A man has been charged with allegedly stabbing a 71-year-old Hervey Bay woman.
A man has been charged with allegedly stabbing a 71-year-old Hervey Bay woman. Brendan Bufi

AS AN elderly woman lay in a coma in a Brisbane hospital yesterday, her alleged attacker, accused of stabbing, punching and kicking her in her own home, was charged with attempted murder.

Urangan man Kane Alan Smith, 20, did not appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court, but his charges were read before Magistrate Graeme Tatnell.

He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance.

In addition to attempted murder, Smith was also charged with breaching bail conditions, entering a dwelling by break at night

and grievous bodily harm.

Police allege Smith broke into the 71-year-old woman's home in Barnstaple St, Torquay, through a window before attacking her, leaving her with stab wounds to her face and neck.

Police were called to the scene just before 10pm on Saturday and Smith was apprehended.

The woman was flown to Brisbane for treatment, where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

When deciding how much time would be needed until the next court appearance, Mr Tatnell asked police prosecutor Sergeant Jeanette Grigoris if the alleged victim was still in a coma. Sgt Grigoris confirmed she was.

Mr Tatnell formally refused bail and Smith was remanded in custody until his next court mention on July 2.

Mr Tatnell said Smith's appearance would not be required.

The court heard that Smith was due to appear in court in relation to several other charges on June 4, but Mr Tatnell adjourned those charges until July 2.

Topics:  assault, editors picks, home invasion, stabbing




Stay Connected

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

Bruce Highway blocked at Howard after truck rolls

The condition of the truck driver is unknown at this stage.

The condition of the driver is unknown at this stage.

Man hurts leg jumping off car on Fraser Island

News

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has flown to Fraser Island.

Claims M’boro transit centre in a ‘disgraceful state’

Pat Phillips says the Lennox St transit centre is in a bad state

Latest deals and offers

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked