Canadian uni student with ‘horrific injuries’ after Gold Coast assault

FIRST ON MYGC: A Canadian university student studying on the Gold Coast has been left with “horrific injuries” after allegedly being coward-punched while enjoying a night out with mates in Surfers Paradise.

The young man, believed to be aged in his late teens or early 20s, was reportedly punched from behind while standing outside the Surfers Paradise Beer Garden in Cavill Avenue on Friday night.

He was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition where he remains this morning, stable and waiting to undergo surgery.

The victim, who hails from Canada, is staying on the Gold Coast while studying full-time at Griffith University.

A mother of one of the victim’s friends told myGC the “bloke” who threw the devastating punch had left her son’s “best mate” with horrific injuries.

“Despite his horrific injuries, the bloke who hit him ran away,” said the victim’s friend’s mother, who requested she remain anonymous.

“He is one of my sons best mates and is here studying from Canada.

“He is currently in hospital with breaks to both sides of his jaw, a broken eye socket and damage to his teeth,” the woman told myGC.

The young student is expected to undergo surgery on Sunday.

Detectives are investigating the assault and, at the time of writing on Saturday night, no arrests had been made.

It’s hoped the attack was captured on council CCTV cameras.

Anyone who witnesses the assault, or may have information that could assist with the police investigation, is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers.

Four-year-old boy left with broken leg after being hit by car in Sydney

A four-year-old boy is recovering at home with a broken leg after he and his six-year-old friend were hit by a car on Sydney’s North Shore late on Friday night.

Police said the two boys, aged four and six, were struck on the corner of River Road West and Longueville Road at Longueville shortly after 10pm.

Both boys were taken to North Shore Hospital where the youngest was treated for a fractured leg. The six-year-old was treated for minor injuries. They have both since been discharged.

The driver, a 25-year-old man, was submitted to a road-side breath test, which returned a negative result.

Police are still trying to piece together the moments leading up to the crash and are urging anyone who may have any information that could assist with their investigation to come forward.

WATCH: Gold Coast blokes hailed heroes after foiling robbery and confronting thieves


Two ordinary Aussie blokes are today being hailed as heroes after filming the moment they foiled a late-night robbery on the Gold Coast and confronted the thieves head-on.

James Ross-Munroe and Kane Wiblen were walking home along the Gold Coast Highway at Arundel during the early hours of Saturday morning after a night out with mates when they stumbled across the crime in progress.


Mr Ross-Munroe had just “busted a plugga” (broken a thong) at a bus stop near the intersection with Marble Arch Place when he and Mr Wiblen noticed a white Holden Commodore pull into the United service station behind them.

The pair thought the vehicle was undercover police, but no one was prepared for what was about to happen next.

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Two men jumped out of the Commodore – which had no registration plates – and tried smashing their way into a closed Oporto burger shop next-door to the service station.

With his phone camera already rolling, Mr Wiblen filmed as his mate, Mr Ross-Munroe raced over to the thieve’s getaway car and yanked the keys from the ignition.

After yelling for the nearby service station attendant to call police, the bandits reappeared and jumped back in the car.

After realising the keys were missing, the driver jumped back out and took off on foot, but Mr Ross-Munroe wasn’t giving up without a fight.

He leapt into the car through the opened driver’s side door and tried to detain the passenger, but he too managed to get away.

PHOTO: Google Maps

PHOTO: Google Maps

Following their encounter, the pair immediately posted the vision to Facebook from where it has since gone viral, saying, “the moment we caught two blokes breaking into Oportos Arundel, they ran inside so I took their keys out of the ignition.”

“When the driver came back to the car he realised his keys were missing, the passenger jumped in and I managed to land a few punches.

“I chased them but because I’m fat they got away.”

Police are investigating the incident and have confirmed the white Holden Commodore had been stolen.

Detectives have reportedly questioned a man, however no charges had been laid at the time of writing.

Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.