Broome man charged over alleged grievous bodily harm assault at wake

Jane MurphyBroome Advertiser
A man has been charged with grevious bodily harm at a wake.
Camera IconA man has been charged with grevious bodily harm at a wake. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr/Broome Advertiser

A Broome man has been charged after he allegedly caused grievous bodily harm to a relative while attending the wake of a family member.

Isaiah Cox, 23, was allegedly at the wake when he was asked to engage in a fight with a disgruntled relative.

It is alleged the fight escalated after Mr Cox struck the victim hard in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.

At his court hearing, the prosecution said Mr Cox allegedly continued to strike the victim, dragging him across the ground.

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Family members administered first aid to the victim, who was then rushed to Broome Hospital where he underwent surgery for a fractured right eye socket.

The incident was reportedly witnessed by 14 people.

Mr Cox’s lawyers made an bail application, claiming he had a history of mental health issues including a schizophrenia diagnosis.

The prosecution strongly opposed bail over fears for the victim and witnesses.

Bail was granted until Mr Cox’s next appearance in Dampier Peninsula Magistrates Court on August 23.

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