Alleged Noosa bashings racially motivated, court hears

The owner of an Indian restuarant in Noosa Junction was allegedly assaulted while in front of his Arcadia St store.
The owner of an Indian restuarant in Noosa Junction was allegedly assaulted while in front of his Arcadia St store. Geoff Potter

ALLEGED bashing attacks on an "Asian" woman and an "Indian" man in Noosa last night were racially motivated, a court has heard.

A sworn objection to bail affidavit tendered in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning detailed police allegations against a 27-year-old South Burnett man charged over the incidents.

"The defendant is attacking in unprovoked attacks against people he deemed as non-Australians," the document read.

"The defendant believed they did not belong in... Australia."

According to the document, diners at Sogo Bar in Noosa Junction witnessed a man walk up behind "two Asian girls" who were crossing the road and without warning punch one of them in the right ear.

"Police spoke to witnesses who stated that the Asian girl was fearful of the defendant and her own safety and left the area prior to police arrival," the document read.

The man allegedly then punched the owner of the Curry Junction Indian restaurant in Arcadia St who was sitting in front of his store with his young daughter.

The victim sustained a mouth injury.

"The young daughter was fearful for her father's safety and her own during the incident," the document read.

Police said the father and daughter were forced to lock themselves with inside their shop for protection.

Officers who had been called after the first alleged incident used information from members of the public to locate the alleged assailant and arrest him.

The man allegedly struggled with police at the Maroochydore Watch House and was "highly agitated and aggressive".

Douglas Scott McLean was refused bail this morning on charges of assault occasioning bodily harm, obstructing police and committing a public nuisance.

McLean was remanded in custody for his matters to next be mentioned on April 11.

Noosa police are keen to speak with the victim of the first alleged assault.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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