Man left unconscious after street bashing
JOSH Lowcock was bashed unconscious for little more than staring at someone across the street. The 21-year-old Bilambil Heights labourer suffered multiple fractures to the eye socket and sinus in avicious, unprovoked attack near the Dolphins Hotel after a night out with friends in Coolangatta on Friday night. The harrowing attack, on the same night an off-duty police officer and his girlfriend were bashed by a group of up to 20 youths in Coolangatta, has gone unreported until now. Coolangatta's culture of violence has been thrown into sharp focus following the unprovoked attack on the couple as they walked along East Dutton Street. The court appearances of the accused youths this week generated intense media interest, with business groups and local MPs calling for action to curb rampant unsocial behaviour in%Coolangatta streets. However, local residents say the problem has existed for years. The Daily News has been con-%tacted by a number of concerned%local residents and parents, who told of random assaults, robberies and harassment. Mr Lowcock and another friend, also 21, were walking towards the Bay Street taxi rank between 2am and 2.30am (NSW) on Saturday when a group of six men on the%other side of the road became aggressive. "This group of young guys started accusing us of staring at them. Which I mean, it doesn't make sense; they were on the other side of the road," said Mr Lowcock. The exchange turned violent%after the pair were set upon by the men. Mr Lowcock said he had little%memory of the attack after being king-hit to the right side of his face. His friend sustained grazes and bruises in the attack, which has also left Mr Lowcock unable to work since the incident. Mr Lowcock was hospitalised overnight Saturday after suffering dizziness and vomiting, and now faces the possibility of surgery to%repair his fractured eye socket. Police confirmed yesterday they were investigating a number of assaults that occurred overnight last Friday. Mr Lowcock's mum Noeleen said she had been left frustrated and%angry following the incident. "I worry about the escalation of it. These sort of people have no moral conscience whatsoever," she said. "There's no discipline anymore. The schools have no power; the parents have no power. The police just don't have the numbers, and the court system lets them out to do it again." Ms Lowcock, like the many concerned residents who contacted the Daily News this week to express their disgust at the Dutton Street attack, also questioned why more hadn't been done to address escalating street violence in the Tweed and southern Gold Coast region. The Daily News has learnt of several violent incidents in recent weeks including an attack last month on a 20-year-old woman, who was set upon by group of up to 15 youths while walking along Wharf Street near Jack Evans Boat Harbour on a Saturday night. The woman was allegedly punched, kicked and then dragged along the footpath before managing to flee. In a separate incident a 24-year-old Tweed man was set upon in Dixon Street, Tweed Heads by a group of up to 15 teenaged youths who caused extensive damage to his parked vehicle. Ms Lowcock hopes the latest high profile bashing will result in more resources to help cut street crime.