Man attacked at tavern

A TWEED HEADS man suffered multiple fractures after being set upon by six men at a South Tweed beer garden. The man, who does not want to be named for fear of reprisal, said he was out having a drink with his friend when the incident occurred. "I went to South Tweed Tavern at around 4.30pm after work on Thursday night and had two or three beers," he said. "After my friend left, I stood in the beer garden finishing my beer when a man asked me to buy him a drink. "I said, 'I haven't got any money' then he asked me to buy his girl-friend a drink. "When I refused he said 'don't you find her attractive?' "I said 'yes she is very attractive', and he said, 'are you coming on to my girl-friend?' The man then smashed a glass on the victim's forehead before being joined by his friends. "Another five or six men %between the ages of 18-23 repeatedly stomped on my head," the victim said. "The security guard showed up but not until the damage was done." The victim was taken to The Tweed Hospital, where he was kept overnight, with a fractured nose, two broken ribs and a fractured eye socket . A self-employed carpenter by trade and father of three, the man said he would lose three weeks of trade due to the injury. "I was really scared," he said. "I have lost work and have to foot the ambulance bill." Tweed Police Inspector Jim Kain said the man was taken to the hospital on Thursday night but was found to be "well-affected by alcohol". "Investigations are continuing," Inspector Kain said.



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