Man, 70, bashed in road rage attack

A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested and charged after allegedly bashing a 70-year-old man in a vicious road rage attack at Ipswich, west of Brisbane last month.

Police said the victim was set upon after sounding his car horn at the younger man when he failed to move at a green light between Brisbane and Hoepner roads at Ebbw Vale.

The 23-year-old drove off but when he reached the next red light, it’s alleged he jumped out of his car and started damaging the 70-year-old man’s car.


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Police said the man unleashed a flurry of punches on the side mirror before opening the car door and repeatedly punching the older man in the head.

The younger man only stopped his senseless attack after bystanders stepped in and called police.

The 70-year-old driver was left battered and bruised after the assault and was taken to hospital with a suspected concussion.

His alleged attacker handed himself into police after being identified by investigators and has since been charged with serious assault of a person over 60 and two counts of wilful damage.

The 23-year-old man from Indooroopilly is due to front Ipswich Magistrates Court on September 27.

Inspector Melissa Adams of Ipswich District said it was a timely reminder of the self-control needed to be a responsible driver.

“We all experience stress and frustration at some point behind the wheel,” Inspector Adams said.

“The key is the right mindset. This is an extreme example of an utter failure of perspective and driving experience.

“Police would also like to thank the witnesses that assisted the victim and the investigation.”

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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