Two men charged with violently assaulting a 53-year-old in a Nelson park were yesterday denied bail.
Marcus Peter McCarthy, 29, and Thomas Santana Falwasser, 32, both of Nelson, are jointly accused of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, after a man was badly beaten, possibly with a wooden pole, at Anzac Park last Thursday afternoon.
Both appeared briefly at the Nelson District Court yesterday, and were remanded in custody for a further three weeks.
Falwasser was denied bail, with Judge Tony Zohrab saying he had no confidence in releasing the orchard worker to his sister's home in Nelson, due in part to the serious nature of the charge.
McCarthy, who did not seek bail, was also remanded in custody to re-appear on November 4.
All other details of yesterday's hearing were suppressed.
The 53-year-old victim suffered several serious injuries including a shattered right arm which required surgery, and metal pins to repair.
He also received serious bruising to his left arm, ribs, stomach and legs, bruising and swelling to his eye and a serious laceration on his forehead.
Acting senior sergeant Blair Hall said the victim was found by paramedics inside the public toilet, the attackers having fled after multiple members of the public alerted police to a "commotion" at the park.
Outside of court yesterday, prosecutor Graeme Eden said police believed only two men were involved in the assault.
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