Detectives investigate assault where a man loses an eye

Detectives are currently investigating an incident that occurred at a taxi rank outside licensed premises on Grafton St (Pacific Highway) in the early hours of Sunday morning, 3 April 2016.
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Police arrested the trio on Monday.

Acting on information received, police attended the Coffs Harbour Health Campus and spoke to a 38yo Coffs Harbour man regarding the incident. The man suffered severe facial injuries, and subsequent emergency surgery was unable to save his left eye.

The man had been out at a licensed premises during the evening and was waiting near the taxi rank to be picked up. An altercation then started between the man and a man known to him. During this altercation he was punched to the left side of his face. The man was subsequently taken to hospital where he underwent the surgery.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said,

“This is a concerning assault, and although our investigation is in its infancy, the aspect of this being a ‘one punch’ style of assault is an active part that we are looking at.

“This is another example of the detrimental aspect that drugs and/or alcohol have in our community. Drugs such as cannabis and other illicit drugs, as well as alcohol create significant issues for our community and are drivers of crime.

“There are some within the community that are either hyped up on drugs, such as cannabis, or alcohol or both, that are unable to drink responsibly, and when this occurs these type of assaults follow.

“The community is concerned about these types of assaults, and so are the police in this command, but as a community we must take a stand against drugs and alcohol, otherwise these types of incidents will continue.

“Drugs and alcohol abuse cost: they cost family, they cost friends, they cost employment and they cost a person’s future.

“Our investigations are ongoing and we are following a number of strong leads. Anyone with information are encouraged to contact the Police or CrimeStoppers.

The man remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6691 0799 or alternatively Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers南京夜网419论坛/. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People they should not report crime information via our Facebook page or the NSW Police Force’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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