Accused faces court, listed for committal mention in April
AN 18-year-old man accused of murder after an elderly man died following an alleged attack faced court this morning.
Dan Wellington Eric Pearson stood silently in the court room dock as Magistrate Ross Risson read out the charges.
The man is charged with endangering the safe use of vehicles, robbery with personal violence and grievous bodily harm on December 13 in West Mackay.
He is further charged with the murder of Hans Peter Hansen, who police yesterday confirmed had died.
The matter was listed for committal mention in April next year.
MACKAY CIB officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Tucker said police are looking for witnesses to the alleged assault.
He said yesterday motorists may have noticed the vehicle as its doors were open on the side of the road.
"We've established there were a number of vehicles that have passed by the scene here on the Glenella Connection Rd at the time Mr Hansen's vehicle was parked there," he said.
"We're making an appeal for those motorists to come forward and identify themselves to police. We know they're not involved in this incident, however, we do believe they may have at least seen Mr Hansen's grey and maroon Pajero parked on the side of the road."
Witnesses are asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
THE 72-YEAR-OLD man has died following an alleged assault in West Mackay on Saturday, police have confirmed.
As a result of the man's death, an 18-year-old Slade Point man has had the previous charge of grievous bodily harm upgraded to murder.
He is scheduled to appear before the Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday.
DETECTIVES investigating the serious assault of a 72-year-old man West Mackay are appealing for witnesses to contact them.
Police will allege the man was travelling on Glenella Connection Road when an object was thrown at the four-wheel-drive, causing the windscreen to shatter.
He sustained facial injuries from the shattered glass and immediately stopped his vehicle. Police will further allege a man then approached the vehicle and assaulted the man.
The man sustained severe head and facial injuries and was transported to the Mackay Base Hospital where he was later transferred to the Townville Base Hos
pital where he remains.
Police are seeking to identify motorists that travelled past the victim's maroon 1994 Mitsubishi Pajero (pictured) which was parked on the side of Glenella Connection Road at about 4am, yesterday morning.
Anyone who saw the vehicle or has any information about this matter is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
An 18-year-old man has been charged over an alleged incident which left a 72-year-old man critically injured and unconscious on the side of the road.
Police will allege about 4am on Saturday morning, the elderly man was driving on Glenella Connection Rd when the 18-year-old threw an object at the man's four-wheel-drive, causing the windscreen to shatter.
The man sustained facial injuries from the shattered glass and immediately stopped his vehicle.
It will further be alleged the 18-year-old man then approached the vehicle before allegedly assaulting him.
The victim sustained severe head and facial injuries and was transported to the Mackay Base Hospital.
An 18-year-old man was charged with endangering the safe use of vehicles, grievous bodily harm and robbery.
He is scheduled to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday.
A 72-YEAR-OLD man has life-threatening injuries after allegedly being seriously assaulted this morning.
A suspect is currently assisting Mackay police with their enquires.
A Mackay police spokesman said the incident happened about 200m north of the Landsdowne and Glenella Connection Rd at about 4am this morning.
Mackay CIB officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Tucker said police had found a suspect who was assisting them with their enquiries.
"We were able to locate the suspect through a number of enquiries we did basically all over Mackay City this morning," he said.
"Eventually we located the person who we believe can assist us with this investigation."
Police found the man in the Slade Point area. Det Snr Sgt Tucker said the suspect did not live in the area where the alleged assault happened, but was staying in the Slade Point area.
Det Snr Sgt Tucker said victim was driving along a road in the West Mackay area, when a pedestrian has appeared to intentionally damage the vehicle.
"The victim driver has then stopped his vehicle and it appears there has been an altercation between the male victim and the male suspect," he said.
"As a result the male victim has been seriously assaulted, he was later located by ambulance and police off the side of the road, suffering extensive and serious head injuries."
Det Snr Sgt Tucker said the man was taken to Mackay Base Hospital and subsequently air-lifted to Townsville Hospital, where he remained in a serious condition in the intensive care unit.
The two men were not known to each other, Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.
"Our male victim was on his way to work," he said.
"It certainly does appear to be a random attack, a very serious attack."
With the section of road having an 80 kmh speed limit, Det Snr Sgt Tucker said throwing rocks at a vehicle was a "stupid thing" to do.
"The male victim... it appears his injuries were sustained not from the rock being thrown at his vehicle but an assault afterwards," he said.
"At this stage we don't know what the motive for this incident is and we certainly hope to establish that later in the day."
There are no residents living on the section of road where the alleged assault occurred.
However Det Snr Sgt Tucker said there were two vehicles - a maxi taxi and an unknown sedan which passed the scene immediately before the alleged attack happened.
"We'd ask those people to come forward," he said.
Det Snr Sgt said the scene faced by police and the Queensland Ambulance Service was "quite confronting".
"The victim was off the road, and basically lying on the side of the road," he said.
"He was unconscious when emergency services arrived and to my knowledge he still remains unconscious to this point."
The road was closed in both directions between the Hume St roundabout and Heaths Rd this morning. It reopened about 12.15pm.
If you have any information phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.