A 23 year old Kincumber man was brutally bashed over the head in a seemingly random attack on October 11.
Police were told at about 3:40pm that victim, Mr Joel Barker, was walking west along Scenic Rd, near the intersection at Cullens Rd, Kincumber. A maroon coloured car, possibly a Mitsubishi Magna Sedan with red “P” plates, drove past, did a U-turn and stopped beside Mr Barker. The front passenger became aggressive towards Mr Barker and then struck him over the head with a stick. The offender and the witnesses in the car then drove off in the direction of Empire Bay. Following the assault, Mr Barker presented himself to Gosford Hospital where he received several stiches to his head. Police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command have commenced investigations into the incident.
Officers would like to speak with the front passenger who is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 18 years old, with a thin build and brown curly hair. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, shorts and white joggers. Friends and family of Mr Barker have also appealed to the public for help in identifying his attacker, with his mother, Ms Theresa Callaghan, putting out a Facebook plea for information. Ms Callaghan wrote on her Facebook page about the sickening attack that left her son with so much blood pouring from his head to his face that he could not see the number plate of the offenders’ vehicle. “My son was walking down the road when a car with two men in the front and a woman in the back drove past asking him what he was looking at,” Ms Callaghan wrote.
“They then turned around and approached him again. “The front passenger tried getting out of the car to fi ght my son. “My son slammed the door shut so he couldn’t get out. “The front passenger then asked the back passenger for the pool cue in the car, and when she handed it to him, he got out of the car and smashed it onto Joel’s head two times, once over the top and once in the side. “He then got back into the car and the group drove off. “My son had so much blood on his face that he couldn’t make out the car’s number plate,” Ms Callaghan wrote. She then appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact her or the police.
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Media release, Oct 11, 2016 NSW Police Media Website, Oct 11, 2016 Theresa Callaghan, Kincumber Dilon Luke, Journalist