Couple charged with stomping on, assaulting 52-year-old at Dongara’s Old Mill Motel

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton Detectives officer-in-charge Det-Sen. Sgt Bruce McDonald.
Camera IconGeraldton Detectives officer-in-charge Det-Sen. Sgt Bruce McDonald. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Police allege a good Samaritan had his head stamped on after a woman fighting with her de facto partner at a Dongara motel sought help from a nearby room.

A 52-year-old man needs surgery in Perth for the injuries he sustained in the alleged attack.

It is alleged that on Saturday about 9.20pm an argument between the couple in their 30s escalated while they were staying at the Old Mill Motel in Dongara.

Acting Insp. Bruce McDonald said a woman sought help from a 52-year-old man who was staying in another room close by at the motel.

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“As the man was talking to the female trying to help her, her de factor partner allegedly charged towards the victim in an aggressive manner,” he said.

Police allege an altercation broke out between a 37-year-old man, who police named as Samuel Colin Brendon Dickerson, and the 52-year-old alleged victim, who fell to the ground.

Acting Insp. McDonald alleged Mr Dickerson began to boot the alleged victim in the face while he was on the ground before his partner joined in on the attack.

“The woman who initially sought help began to assault the alleged victim,” he said.

The Karloo couple and the alleged victim were not known to each other. Police say the 52-year-old man managed to get away from the couple, return to his unit and contact police.

He was taken by ambulance to Geraldton Health Campus withJU serious facial injuries. Police arrested Mr Dickerson nearby and took him to Geraldton Police Station.

He appeared in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on Sunday charged with grievous bodily harm and was remanded in custody until he faces Perth Magistrates Court on August 22.

A 36-year-old woman was later arrested at the Old Mill Motel where she was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

She was bailed and is due to face Geraldton Magistrates Court on August 25.

The alleged victim was released from Geraldton Health Campus and requires surgery in Perth for serious facial injuries.

Geraldton Detectives are calling for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact police.

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