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Victim of alcohol-fulled violence: 'lockout law won’t help’

David Boyd after an Airlie Beach assault.
David Boyd after an Airlie Beach assault. Contributed

WHEN a group of strangers ran at David Boyd "like a pack of dogs" and beat him to a pulp on Airlie Beach's main street, he claims no one came to his defence.

It's why he believes earlier lockout laws will do nothing to stop alcohol-fuelled violence without more police officers on the streets.

The proposed law would not allow shots to be served after midnight and only clubs that agreed to a 1am lockout would be able to serve drinks until 3am. Otherwise, last drinks would be called at 2am.

The idea is to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, but Mr Boyd, who was left slipping in and out of consciousness after the 3am October 4 attack thinks a different approach is needed.

"I just lay there until an off-duty paramedic came up and called an ambulance which took me to Proserpine," Mr Boyd said.

"I don't know how long they hit me for, it felt like forever.

"But no police or anything came up."

Mr Boyd recently moved to Mackay from the Gold Coast and believed down south, there was a greater police presence at night.

"I think if we are going to have a lockout, we need more police on the streets. That's the example from the Gold Coast," he said.

Even though the attack happened nearly two months ago, it had a lasting effect on Mr Boyd.

Although the major soft tissue damage to his face is healing and after three weeks the blood left his eyes, he will likely require surgery to repair damaged nerves in his lip, which was split so badly it couldn't be stitched.

"And now I get very anxious if I go out and I can't get my back to a wall," he said.

"I thought the feeling would go away but now I get really anxious whenever I'm in a crowded place."

The state government was contacted for its thoughts about increasing police presence, but did not reply.

Topics:  airlie beach alcohol editors picks lockout laws mackay violence


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