Court told boyfriend broke ribs

THE EX-GIRLFRIEND of Wide Bay Rebels president Adam Warwick McCrea has claimed he broke her ribs during an argument at a Torquay hotel.

Georgia Anderson took to the witness stand to give evidence during the committal of McCrea on a charge of grievous bodily harm.

She said she was at the pub with McCrea on July 25 last year when she caught him flirting with several other women.

Anderson said she swore at McCrea and punched into him with her fists because she was angry.

McCrea allegedly retaliated.

“He grabbed my shirt and forced me on to the ground,” Ms Anderson said.

“He brought his foot up and put it down on my chest.

“I was crying and trying to say sorry but I couldn’t get the words out because his foot was on my chest.”

Anderson’s testimony was interrupted by frequent outbursts of tears as she recalled the alleged incident.

She said she did not immediately make a complaint to police because she loved McCrea and would have done anything for him but she now regretted her relationship with him.

“I was a stronger person and he took that away,” she said.

“I’ve lost everything now, because of this mess ... the money on my head.”

The day after the alleged assault Anderson was driven to hospital by a stranger she met at a hairdresser’s salon.

Doctor Paul DeJong gave evidence by telephone that Anderson attended the Hervey Bay Hospital emergency department on July 26.

She was found to have fractured ribs and pneumothorax, air in the chest cavity as a result of a punctured lung. The pressure the air was putting on Anderson’s heart was relieved by a chest drain being inserted.

Defence solicitor Rick Taylor said there was not sufficient evidence to commit McCrea to stand trial on the charge of grievous bodily harm.

“She used abusive language towards him and then assaulted him,” Mr Taylor said.

“Mr McCrea took some action to defend himself.”

But Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said there was enough evidence to commit McCrea to the District Court.

A plea was not entered to the charge. McCrea was released on bail until his trial.



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