Coolangatta a danger zone
A BOGANGAR teenager is in a critical condition at Gold Coast Hospital after Coolangatta's second serious bashing in just over a month.
It was only on September 6 that Murwillumbah man Andrew Houlahan, 21, was tragically killed in a late-night brawl.
Another bashing has cemented Coolangatta's reputation as a late-night danger zone.
Police have charged an 18-year-old Banora Point teenager with grievous bodily harm and assault causing grievous bodily harm following the ugly incident.
According to police, the 18-year-old victim was walking along Dutton Street with his 17-year-old Tweed Heads girlfriend at about 11pm when they were approached by the offender.
It is alleged the offender verbally threatened the victim before punching him numerous times in the face.
The woman was allegedly struck during the incident as she was caught between the two men.
Police claim that during the incident the male victim fell backward and struck his head.
He sustained serious head injuries and was yesterday at the Gold Coast Hospital Intensive Care Unit in a critical but stable condition.
The Banora Point offender is due to face the Southport Magistrates Court today on one count each of grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.
Mr Houlahan's death triggered an outpouring of grief in Murwillumbah with about 1000 people at his funeral and highlighted the tragic consequences of senseless violence on the streets.
In June two men were bashed in Tweed Heads CBD and an Indian student was assaulted right on the steps of an unmanned Coolangatta Police Station.
A man was also left with a broken jaw and broken ribs after being gang-bashed by eight thugs in December.
And in November 2007 a gang of youths launched a sickening attack on an off-duty police officer that made national news headlines.