Violent Kirra muggings
TWEED Heads man Daniel Ward-Smith is missing a chunk from his ear after being violently attacked on Sunday morning.
The 21-year-old had finished work and was walking home from the bus stop at Kirra at 2.30am when he was jumped from behind by two men.
“I was on Miles Street, just past the drive-through bottle shop, walking towards home,” Mr Ward-Smith said.
“I was listening to music so I didn't hear them coming.
“The first I knew they were there was when I was punched in the side of the head.”
Mr Ward-Smith said the two men, believed to be between 18 and 20, knocked him to the ground and repeatedly kicked and stomped his face, head and ribs.
“One of them held my head down with their foot while the other one grabbed my backpack, phone, watch and everything I had on me,” he said.
“They stole the watch my grandparents gave me for my 21st birthday; that's the thing I'm most annoyed about. I only had about $50 in my wallet, but my phone was brand new and pretty expensive.”
The incident was reported to the police but none of Mr Ward-Smith's belongings have turned up.
“I walked to the Coolangatta Police Station straight away,” he said.
“I wasn't looking too good. I was covered in blood.
“I drove around with the police looking for the men but we couldn't find them.”
However they did find another man in the area who had been a victim of a mugging, believed to be by the same men.
“And at the hospital they said another guy had come in that night from Tugun which the same thing had happened to,” he said.
Mr Ward-Smith received cuts and bruises to his eye and ribs and a small chunk of his ear is missing.
“I had to get my ear stitched and I can't hear out of it properly,” he said.
“I haven't been able to work because I work in a restaurant at Conrad Jupiters and I look beat up and it hurts to move.”
Mr Ward-Smith said he has definitely seen an increase in crime in Coolangatta over the past few years.