Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Two in Court over Tourist's Bashing at Nimbin

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Two in Court over Tourist's Bashing at Nimbin

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Byline: Ross Irby ross.irby@northernstar.com.au

TWO men accused of the vicious bashing of a tourist on Boxing Day in Rainbow Lane at Nimbin, had attacked without provocation, a committal hearing at Lismore Local Court has been told.

James Brown, 25, and Ryan Hawken, 21, have each been charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company to Joshua England, and assault causing him bodily harm, on December 26, 2008.

Giving evidence in Lismore Local Court on Friday afternoon, Kiomee-Lee Wilcockson, the fiancee of Mr Eng- land, detailed how the couple had taken a stroll to see the sights on what was her first visit to the village.

She said they had been sitting on a bench seat halfway down the laneway when an unprovoked attack took place that left Mr England badly injured.

Cross-examined by lawyer Paul Smart for Hawken, Ms Wilcockson said she did not know that Rainbow Lane had a reputation for where to be able to buy cannabis.

"You were in the lane to buy cannabis," Mr Smart asserted. …

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