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Serious assault incident, Cairns North

A man has been charged following an incident at a McLeod Street holiday accommodation complex Tuesday afternoon.

It will be alleged several people had stayed in a unit at the address and were due to check out at 10am.

They failed to vacate the unit as required, and the 62-year-old complex manager attended the unit and spoke with the occupants at 2.40pm, requesting they immediately leave the property.

It will be further alleged a man who was in the unit then punched the manager to the face, causing him to lose balance and fall and strike his head on the concrete paving and losing consciousness.

His wife witnessed the incident and ran to assist. It is further alleged that as she crouched down to assist her husband she was kicked to the head by the offender.

The woman screamed out and a male witness ran to assist, at which point the alleged offender fled the property on foot.

Police attended and the manager was treated at the scene before being transported to Cairns hospital for a medical examination.

He and his wife allegedly sustained bruising and soreness as a result of the incident.

Police made inquiries in the area and subsequently attended a Sheridan Street residence where a 19-year-old Lockhart River man was located and taken into custody about 20 minutes later.

He was charged with one count each of serious assault, common assault and trespass, and is expected to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on September 2.