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Teens rob, assault wheelchair courier

Ray Wegner, who has cerebral palsy, has been forced to have an alarm installed on his wheelchair after being assaulted by teenagers.
Ray Wegner, who has cerebral palsy, has been forced to have an alarm installed on his wheelchair after being assaulted by teenagers. Tony Martin

RAY Wegner has enjoyed working as a courier in Mackay since 2003, but now he has fears for his safety after a series of attacks by teenagers.

Mr Wegner, who has cerebral palsy, has been forced to have an alarm installed on his wheelchair after being abused, threatened and assaulted by between two and five young men and women at a time.

The teens have allegedly twisted back Mr Wegner's arm, played with his electric wheelchair's control and stolen money from him in four separate attacks.

A group of teens took $15 from Mr Wegner's wallet during the first incident, which occurred on Forgan Bridge last month.

The latest attack occurred near the NightOwl Convenience Store on Victoria St on Thursday morning, he said.

"They tell me, 'you wait, you wait, one day we will get you on your own'," Mr Wegner said.

"They pulled my arm back and on the bridge they took my wallet and took $15 out.

"I have no idea why (they are doing this).

"I don't know what their problem is at all.

"All I want is for it to stop.

"Let me get on with my life.

"I work every day and I like my job.

"(Now) I am worried every day."

Mr Wegner's employer Phil Martin, of Mackay City Couriers, said it was not the first time Mr Wegner had been assaulted while working.

He said some people had stubbed out their cigarettes on Mr Wegner a couple of years ago.

"It's very, very hard to understand," Mr Martin said.

"He's 50 years old and he's just a fantastic personality.

"My mechanic and I have installed a siren on his chariot.

"It goes off with a blaze of glory."

Mr Wegner said he wanted to keep working despite the recent attacks.

He said he had reported the incidents to the Mackay police, who were investigating.

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