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Teen pizza delivery driver hit with paling

Police are investigating after a teenager was allegedly assaulted in West Mackay on Tuesday night.
Police are investigating after a teenager was allegedly assaulted in West Mackay on Tuesday night. Scott Powick

A TEENAGER was left concussed on a patch of grass in West Mackay after allegedly being assaulted by an armed trio in a "vicious” random attack.

The 18-year-was driving home from his pizza delivery job about 8.30pm on Tuesday when someone allegedly threw something at his blue Toyota Corolla, causing him to stop at the corner of Margaret St and Watsons Lane.

Twelve-year-old Chonteal Stone said she saw the attack from her bathroom window.

"I saw these people get out of the car and jumped this guy,” she said.

"As soon as they drove off and I realised what had happened, I was in shock and didn't know what to do. I was so scared.”

Chonteal ran to her mum Cassie, and together they ran to help the injured teen while on the phone to emergency services.

Mackay Police Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Tucker said initial police investigations indicated that four people, three men and a woman, had been at the corner of Watsons Lane and Margaret St when one of the males allegedly threw an object at the victim's car.

The 18-year-old stepped out of his vehicle to speak to the group, he said, which was when he was kicked and punched by the three men.

"He was attacked and quite seriously assaulted... yes, it was vicious,” Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.

"One of the male persons, we know, armed himself with a wooden fence paling and that was used to assault the person.”

Three people in the group then drove off with the man's car, wallet and phone, Det Snr Sgt Tucker said.

The stolen car then allegedly evaded police around 11pm at Slade Point that same night.

Police are looking for the three men involved. They are described as being aged between 14 and 20, and of a slim build.

The 18-year-old was taken to Mackay Base Hospital. He suffered a concussion and was discharged on Wednesday morning.

Topics:  assault crime crime rates theft west mackay


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