Police lay charges after serious assault at Innisfail

A man has been charged following a brawl in Innisfail early yesterday morning which has left another man in a critical condition in hospital.

It will be alleged that during the early hours of July 12, two men left a licensed premised on Ernest Street and proceeded along Fitzgerald Esplanade where one of the pair became involved in an altercation with a large group of people.

The 28-year-old man was allegedly struck by another man, causing him to fall and hit his head on concrete.

The man then allegedly stood up and continued to fight with the group along Edith Street.

Police attended the scene and took the 28-year-old man into custody before transporting him to the Innisfail Watchhouse.

The man began to show signs of illness so paramedics were notified and he was immediately transported to Innisfail Hospital for further treatment before being transferred to Cairns Hospital where he remains in intensive care with head injuries.

Following ongoing investigations into the incident a 35-year-old Innisfail man was arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm and public nuisance.

He is due to appear in Innisfail Magistrates Court on July 16.

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