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Serious assault incident, Cooktown


Detectives have charged an 18-year-old man following investigations into the alleged assault of an elderly man in his Cooktown home on Monday evening.

An 89-year-old man was at home at his Boundary Street residence at around 6.30pm when he became aware of someone allegedly forcing entry to his garage area and then smashing a window at the front of the home.

He walked out his front door to investigate and was allegedly confronted by a young man who was not known to him.

The man allegedly grabbed him by the shirt and shook him, telling the elderly victim he was going to rob him.

Another man then ran from an adjacent residence to render assistance and attempted to have the offender release his grip.

At that point the victim tripped and fell to the ground, sustaining abrasions and scratches to his arms as he did so.

Police arrived shortly after the incident and the alleged offender was taken into custody.

The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics and was transported to Cooktown Hospital for further treatment.

He has since been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

An 18-year-old Cooktown man was charged with one count each of burglary, serious assault and breaching a bail condition.

He has been remanded to reappear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on June 15.