Accused head stomper on $100k bail

A HOTEL bouncer accused of attempted murder by stomping on the head of man in Byron Bay, has been released from jail after his father lodged $100,000 bail.

Nicholas Stafford Sharp, 27, from Ocean Shores, has walked from the Lismore courthouse after a successful bail application by his defence lawyer John Weller.

Magistrate Robyn Denes gave Sharp conditional bail.

Sharp is charged with attempted murder by stomping on the head of 31-year-old Pottsville man Dallas Arnold at Byron Bay about 11pm on March 7. Other charges include: affray; intentionally causing grievous bodily harm; being part of a group which used violence to cause fear.

Mr Arnold was taken to a Gold Coast hospital with critical head injuries.

Ms Denes ordered Sharp to report daily to Tweed Heads police, not enter licensed premises, not to go into the Byron Bay CBD and to reside at his Ocean Shores home.

Sharp must not approach, contact or harass any witnesses in the case, including staff at the Great Northern Hotel where he had worked.

In opposing bail, the Crown put forward the serious nature of the charges. The matter was adjourned to July.



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