“DADDY don’t die”.
They were the haunting words police say witnesses heard a young girl screaming as her father lay unconscious in a gutter following a brutal attack on Saturday.
The 49-year-old victim was airlifted to Brisbane Hospital on Saturday night and placed in an induced coma after the partner of his estranged wife allegedly punched him and repeatedly “stomped” on his head.
About 7.20pm police were called to a Torquay home after allegedly being alerted by neighbours who heard the girl’s chilling screams.
Detective Senior Constable Peter Edwards yesterday described the alleged attack as “one of the worst I have ever seen”.
He said the victim received multiple facial fractures including a broken jaw.
At the time of going to press he remained in a critical condition.
Glenn Michael Holz, 41, fronted the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday morning charged with grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm.
He had allegedly fled the scene of the attack but was later found by dog squad officers.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said “grave concerns” were held for the victim who had been airlifted to Brisbane and placed in an induced coma.
She described the alleged attack as “callous and unprovoked” and said Holz had the opportunity to “desist his behaviour” on several occasions “even when the complainant was defenceless in the gutter and unconscious”.
She said the victim’s 10-year-old daughter had “witnessed the entire thing” including her mother being assaulted when she tried to intervene.
She objected to bail on the basis the prosecution’s evidence was “strong” and would rely on several witness accounts and the fact that Holz had made “full admissions”.
She also submitted Holz had a “history of violent offending” and had previously served time in prison for a separate grievous bodily harm charge.
Defense lawyer Justin Geldard said his client had made admissions to being involved in an assault but denied kicking the victim when he was down.
He said Holz would be able to live with family in Nambour which would limit his ability to “interfere” with any possible witnesses.
But Magistrate Graham Hillan said he agreed the accused posed an unacceptable risk to the community and refused bail.
Detective Senior Constable Peter Edwards from Hervey Bay CIB said nursing staff were reluctant to comment on the victim’s progress but could confirm he had to be ventilated and at the time the hospital sent the latest report, was still unable to breath on his own.
Holz will front court again on May 5.
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