SPEAK UP: Mackay man Ross Gay is urging residents in the Mackay and Whitsunday area to be on the lookout for his car (inset, right).
SPEAK UP: Mackay man Ross Gay is urging residents in the Mackay and Whitsunday area to be on the lookout for his car (inset, right). Tony Martin

Bashing victim just wants his car back

AFTER being bashed and robbed in the Mackay CBD, Ross Gay needs your help.

The 25-year-old information technology technician was assaulted by two men before his vehicle was stolen from him this week.

He is now calling on anyone who has seen his Holden SSV Sportwagon special edition to contact police straight away.

The brutal crime has left residents shocked. The attack coincides with the Daily Mercury's new campaign to stamp out street violence.

Police are conducting their own extensive investigation into the incident.

Mr Gay loves his car and would do anything to get it back.

"Everything was in it, my wallet, my phone, iPad - all my work equipment and tools," he said.

Yesterday, he was discharged from hospital with a fractured nose, facial injuries, neck injuries and a whole lot of bruising.

"So I'm not too bad in the grand scheme of things," he said. "I was just unpacking IT equipment out of my car, and there were two guys who were talking to me about my car. They were saying it was a nice car and stuff like that.

"When I finished unloading my car they whacked me in the face."

Mackay police Criminal Investigation Branch officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant David Tucker said police believed they knew who the attackers were.

"Police believe they know the identity of three persons who are involved. Two ... robbed the victim and the third one has been using the vehicle after the robbery," he said.

Police are now seeking information from a witness they believe can assist them with their investigation.

"I must stress the female is not a suspect, merely a witness, who we believe has information about the incident," Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.

The woman has been pictured on CCTV footage in the area about 6.30pm Wednesday, wearing black pants and a red shirt.

 

Be a part of the #HandsOff Promise

We will also celebrate those who step up and take the #handsoff Promise.

And that's where you come in.

By taking the promise, you pledge:

•        Not to participate in, or condone by being silent, any form of street or late-night violence; and
•        To report any incidents of such violence to the relevant establishment and authorities

It's easy to do - just visit http://bit.ly/saynotoviolence and follow the steps.

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