Husband badly injured trying to save wife from crazed attacker

A MAN has had his ribs broken and lung punctured after he was brutally bashed while trying to save his wife from being repeatedly punched in the head in a savage, unprovoked attack on the Gold Coast.

The couple aged in their 60s were walking home along a footpath on Goodwin Terrace in Burleigh Heads when they were set upon about 10pm on Thursday, police said.

It’s alleged a man approached the 60-year-old woman and began repeatedly punching her in the head.


The woman’s 63-year-old husband intervened and tried pulling the stranger off his wife but he too was assaulted, brutally bashed in a frenzied attack before the offender ran off.

The man had several ribs broken in the attack and suffered a collapsed lung, while his wife’s ankle was broken and face heavily bruised.

They were both transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

Police investigating the assault have released vision of two men who they wish to speak with. They were captured on CCTV cameras in the area around the time of the assault.

The first man is described as being Caucasian in appearance and at least 182cm tall with a proportionate build and short blonde hair in a ‘mohawk’ or ‘mullet’ style.

He was wearing a red and black striped jumper at the time of the incident.

The second man is described as Caucasian in appearance, under 182cm tall, with a slightly smaller build and short dark hair.

Police say he was wearing prescription glasses and black ‘Croc’ style shoes at the time of the incident.

Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.

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