Violent kidnapping pair arrested
A VICIOUS attack during an alleged kidnapping in Byron Bay on Thursday night has left a 48-year-old man in hospital.
Tweed/Byron police allege the victim went to a second floor unit in a block of flats on Bangalow Road about midnight, where he was hit and kicked a number of times and threatened with a knife by a man and a woman.
The victim was allegedly forced into a car and then left on a nature strip in Beech Drive.
Police and ambulance paramedics were called and the man was taken to the Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment to brain injuries, two fractured eye sockets, a broken nose, a spinal fracture, a broken arm, a broken leg and six fractured ribs. He was later transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital, where he remained on a ventilator yesterday.
Police have arrested a 24-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman after issuing a crime scene warrant at a Bangalow Road address.
Both were charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and kidnapping. The woman was released on bail while the man appeared in the Lismore Local Court yesterday and was granted bail.
The shabby two-storey brick block of units where the alleged incident began was in lock-down on Friday, while a team of forensic investigators conducted inquiries.
Neighbours expressed shock to hear about the alleged kidnapping.
“You’re kidding,” one said. “I have never heard of anything like that before.”