Catch them in act
By MADELEINE DOHERTY SECURITY cameras in Murwillumbah's CBD would stop the rot, the father of a man brutally bashed there said yesterday. Brad Dorney's 28-year-old son Brandon Dorney is in intensive care in Gold Coast Hospital in an induced coma with a fractured skull after being bashed in the early hours of Sunday morning after drinking at the Murwillumbah Hotel. Mr Dorney (senior), a night security officer since 1991, has called for Murwillumbah to be urgently funded for a closed circuit%television (CCTV) network. "CCTVs around the town would certainly make people think twice before they did anything illegal," Mr Dorney said. "My son wasn't bashed in the hotel because the attackers knew there was CCTV. "They waited, followed him down the street and king-hit him, knowing that there were no cameras to catch them in the act. "The attackers were so confident, they even punched one of my son's mates who tried to help, threatening him with more of the same if he tried to stop the bashing. And this is all in the heart of the town," he said. "In the security industry, CCTV is regarded as the ants pants. It acts as a deterrent as well as helping solve crimes. "I had a couple of blokes threaten me with violence while I was working, and all I had to do was point out that they were being captured on the security cameras. They bolted," Mr Dorney said. "The community has to understand that the police can't be everywhere all the time." Tweed police would not comment on Brandon Dorney's attack yesterday. They say they are waiting to speak to him after he emerges from the coma. In April the Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber was confident of getting a grant of up to $60,000 from the Federal government to install 13 CCTV cameras in the CBD. National Party senator Fiona Nash was lobbying the government for the funding on behalf of the chamber but hopes were dashed when the government ditched the application saying it needed more information. Chamber president Phil Youngblutt said yesterday a new application had been lodged on June 28 and the chamber was now waiting to hear if the application was successful.