TWO men who allegedly threw a couch seven metres onto a woman from an internal balcony at The Good Companions Hotel in Tamworth will appear in court again today.
Luke Ledingham, 32, of Ballina, and Joshua Timoteo, 27, of Varsity Lakes, Queensland, appeared in Tamworth Local Court yesterday to ask for their hearing to be adjourned to today, as they had not yet briefed their solicitor, Michael McMillan, on the matter.
The men have been in custody since an incident on Friday night in which a 43-year-old Tamworth woman was seriously injured – she is in John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle with spinal injuries.
The woman was on the ground floor of the hotel in Brisbane St when the two-seater lounge was thrown over the first-floor railing.
The woman was taken to Tamworth hospital, where she was stabilised before being flown to John Hunter Hospital.
Ledingham and Timoteo were arrested at another hotel nearby a short time later.
They were taken to Tamworth Police Station, where they were each charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.
Both were refused bail and appeared before Tamworth Local Court on Saturday, as well as yesterday when they were accompanied by three Corrective Services officers and their cases were heard by Magistrate Darryl Pearce.
Police were perturbed by the incident, Acting Inspector James Parsons said.
“The incident is of considerable concern to the public, particularly in the current climate where violence in licensed premises is gaining plenty of media attention,” Acting Inspector Parsons said.
The woman’s condition was described yesterday as stable by a Hunter New England Local Health District spokesman.