In Crime by Clyde Mooney

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Four men have been charged over a brutal beating they allegedly inflicted on another man, who was left for dead in the gutter in a Queensland town.

Queensland Police released details of an altercation that took place around 11:40pm on 23 August, where it is alleged a fight broke out in the bar area of a pub on Goldring Street in Richmond, approximately 1700 kilometres north-west of Brisbane.

During the fight, the 32-year-old victim was knocked to the floor and repeatedly kicked and punched, before being dragged outside to the footpath, where four assailants continued to kick and punch the man’s head as he lay on the ground. The other men then returned inside, leaving him in the gutter.

One man returned outside and photographed the victim, kicking him back down as he attempted to sit up. The group then returned and seriously assaulted him further, before stealing some of his property.

The entire incident lasted for around 30 minutes.

Luckily, an ambulance passing by around 90 minutes’ later spotted the man and transported him to Richmond hospital, where he was treated for bleeding on the bran, broken ribs and extensive bruising and lacerations.

Police investigations have led to the arrest of four men: two local men, aged 51 and 46 years, a 46-year-old from Alice River, over 515 km to the east near Townsville, and a 19-year-old man from Longreach, 500 kilometres to the south.

All have been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company and affray, and are due to appear in Richmond Magistrates Court 14 November.