Attack allegedly a ‘rage of jealousy’
A COURT has heard that a 21-year-old was in a "rage of jealousy" when he allegedly struck his partner's ex-boyfriend over the head while he slept on Sunday morning.
Jasiah Zacary Wells of Waterford West has been remanded in custody after he faced Beenleigh Magistrates Court this afternoon on four charges, including grievous bodily harm.
It was alleged that on Sunday morning about 6.30am, Mr Wells went to a Crestmead property in Satinwood Street where he assaulted his partner's ex-boyfriend with a "heavy brass pot" and then his partner.
The court heard that the 19-year-old man had undergone surgery for facial fractures and would be woken today from a medically-induced coma so he could undergo scans for brain injury.
This morning he remained in Princess Alexandra Hospital's ICU ward in a serious but stable condition.
Overnight, police charged Mr Wells with one count each of grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning bodily harm and two counts of wilful damage.
Mr Wells is also accused of assaulting his partner, who he shares a child with and was also inside the residence at the time, before damaging her vehicle and mobile phone.
He did not enter a plea.
Today in court the police prosecution said it appeared to be a "rage of jealousy" or "anger" that spurred on the alleged attack.
Magistrate Don Mackenzie remanded Mr Wells is custody saying there was a "risk" that Mr Wells might fail to appear if the charges were upgraded to murder.
He adjourned the case until Wednesday so that more could be learned about the 19-year-old victim's condition.
"I would like to know more about the victim's prospects of recovery before making a final determination," he said.
"The court needs to know more about what the situation is."
The matter will reappear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court.