Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

{Did You See This Happen?} {Wesley Wants Answers}

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

{Did You See This Happen?} {Wesley Wants Answers}

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AS he lay battered, bruised and semi-conscious at Grafton Base Hospital after being assaulted outside a Grafton pub, Wesley Fernando thought justice would be done to the group of men he claims kicked him while he was down on the road.

But three weeks after his frightening ordeal at the Village Green Hotel, Mr Fernando is worried no charges will be laid by police and no-one will have to answer for their actions.

As the CEO of the Ngerrie Aboriginal Land Council, Mr Fernando is a respected member of the local Goori community and is concerned his attackers would continue their behaviour if not convicted of their crime.

"If I did this to someone, I can guarantee you I would have been in the lock up on the same night," Mr Fernando said.

He is calling for witnesses to the assault, which occurred just outside one of the hotel's Pound Street doors near the poker machine room about 11.30pm on Friday, October 16.

Mr Fernando was hospitalised for four days after the assault.

Below is an edited version of the statement Mr Fernando provided to The Daily Examiner.

I attended the Village Green Hotel on the above mentioned night with four friends. I went to the bar to buy two drinks, one for me and one for my friend. Immediately after we had finished our drinks a security guard asked my friend to leave the premises. He asked why as he felt he was not intoxicated. I stepped in as I knew the guards and said 'okay, I'll take him, and we will leave' because I didn't want a scene made. So I grabbed my friend and continued out the door.

I noticed a large group of people and I excused myself around them. As I walked past, some of these guys said something like -'good one idiot' and my friend retaliated by saying something back.

As he did, a group of guys confronted him so I came back and grabbed him and said 'we don't need this, let's just go'. …

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