A Gold Coast man accused of leaving a teenager with potential permanent brain injuries confronted the youth over suspicions he wanted to break into his car, a court has heard.
Mitchell Luke O’Brien, 28, was granted bail on Monday after being charged with grievous bodily harm over the incident in a Burleigh Heads laneway on Saturday night.
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O’Brien caught the 19-year-old among a group of five people checking car doors where his was parked on Justin Lane, Southport Magistrates Court heard.
The court heard he assumed the group wanted to break into his car.
The younger man spoke aggressively to O’Brien, who responded by allegedly punching him twice, the court heard.
Police allege the second blow knocked the teen backwards and caused him to hit his head on the ground.
The older man fled but was arrested a short time later.
He was charged over the alleged assault and has also been accused of being drunk or disorderly.
The teen was rushed to hospital while unconscious with critical head injuries.
The court heard he has a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain and is breathing via a ventilator.
Doctors have not yet determined if the injuries to his brain will be long term.
O’Brien, a tattoo artist, was granted bail on the conditions he report to police tri-weekly and not contact witnesses.
He’s also barred from being drunk in public and has agreed to see a doctor about his alcohol-related issues.
He is due to appear in court again on November 1.
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