News

Kids flee for help as intruder stabs mum, beats man

STUART Willcock said he wouldn't like to say what he would do if he got his hands on the person who bashed his son with a baseball bat early on Sunday morning.

His son Kyle Beaumont was recovering from a badly fractured skull, a broken hand and other injuries in Royal Brisbane Hospital yesterday.

INVESTIGATION: Police doorknock in Struan Crescent on Sunday.
INVESTIGATION: Police doorknock in Struan Crescent on Sunday.

Mr Willcock said his son's female friend, who Kyle was staying the night with, was in a worse condition.

She was fighting for her life after being attacked with a baseball bat and stabbed multiple times.

Mr Willcock said his son woke to the sound of someone breaking in the back door of the Straun Cres home about 4am.

He jumped up to try and intervene but at just 70kg he was no match for an intruder with a baseball bat.

"He was levelled with the bat," Mr Willcock said.

The proud father said his son got back on his feet three times to try to stop the intruder but each time he tried to get up he got knocked back down with the bat.

After Kyle was unable to fight on, the intruder turned his attack on the female home owner, allegedly bashing her with the bat and stabbing her about 10 times while her children escaped and ran for help.

CRIME SCENE: The home in Struan Crescent where the violent home invasion and assaults took place.
CRIME SCENE: The home in Struan Crescent where the violent home invasion and assaults took place. Craig Warhurst

Mr Willcock said he and his son were new to Gympie and had recently bought the locksmith business Gympie Lock and Key.

"I think he is bit of a hero," Mr Willcock said.

ABOVE: Acting Sergeant Reegan Cunningham.
ABOVE: Acting Sergeant Reegan Cunningham.

Yesterday, Kyle was still very sick but was slowly getting better and communicating with his family.

"It's a good sign," Mr Willcock said.

The family is more worried about Kyle's friend, as she is still listed as critical.

"We are very concerned about her, but she is in the right place," he said.

Mr Willcock thanked his customers and community for being so supportive.

"Gympie is still a great town, the people have been fantastic," he said.

"We want to build our business here."

Gympie Times

Topics:  crime gympie home invasion



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

What follows the big tree at St Patrick's?

HEARTBROKEN: The iconic poinciana outside St Patrick's Church fell victim to last week's storm.

After icon felled in storm, Gympie looks to the future

Give the best gift of all and adopt-a-family this Christmas

GIVING SEASON: Julie Miller and Major Brian Smith from the Gympie Salvation Army are asking the community to help those most in need.

We need your help to make a difference this Christmas

Event promises a very Mary Christmas

FESTIVE SPIRIT: Faye Jefferson, Craig Skennerton, Bev Evans and Karyn Palmer from Red Cross Opp Shop at last year's event.

Mary St gears up for Christmas bonanza

Local Partners

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Event promises a very Mary Christmas

FESTIVE SPIRIT: Faye Jefferson, Craig Skennerton, Bev Evans and Karyn Palmer from Red Cross Opp Shop at last year's event.

Mary St gears up for Christmas bonanza

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

Santos responds but Tully says easements issue must be addressed

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!