Man stands trial on bridge assault

HUW ROBERT Frost remembers little of the violent bashing that left him in hospital for a week and in need of maxillofacial surgery to repair his broken bones.

But this week Mr Frost gave evidence in the Maryborough Magistrates Court in the committal hearing of his alleged attacker Jade Lloyd Colahan.

Colahan, 22, was charged with grievous bodily harm after Mr Frost was assaulted on October 9 on the Ken Farthing Bridge at Granville.

Police were called to the bridge about 7.40pm and spoke to several witnesses, one of whom identified Colahan and his co-accused Gypsy Rose Ross, as the attackers.

Plainclothes Senior Constable Matthew Maslen arrested Colahan that night and took him to the Maryborough watch-house.

Snr Const. Maslen said Colahan appeared to be under the influence of something.

“He was agitated.

“He kept asking if he was getting bail, if he was getting out, where Ross was.”

Later that night Snr Const. Maslen gave Colahan a breath test, which returned an alcohol concentration of .025, before interviewing him.

Defence solicitor Aaron Suthers objected to the record of that interview being tendered as an exhibit.

Mr Suthers said the interview was conducted under unreasonable circumstances and that the interview was “unfairly prejudicial” to the defendant.

Magistrate John Smith, however, agreed the record of interview could be tendered as part of the prosecution’s case.

More than 20 witness statements were tendered, as well as footage from the Granville Hotel, photoboards and doctor’s notes.

Colahan was committed to stand trial in the Maryborough District Court. He did not enter a plea or apply for bail.

Ross was also charged with grievous bodily harm and will appear in the court for committal proceedings on February 9.



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