Young mother dies following brutal assault

  • Australia

A 24-year-old mother who was run off the road and brutally assaulted in the Gold Coast died in hospital last night. 

Queensland Police issued a statement early this morning confirming Tara Brown had passed away after suffering serious head injuries, allegedly at the hands of her former partner on Tuesday.

According to reports by the Gold Coast Bulletin, Ms Brown's former partner Lionel Patea was a former sergeant at arms for the Bandidos Bike Gang.

Surveillance video allegedly shows Patea fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle and further reports from the Gold Coast bulletin say Patea handed himself in to police with stab wounds, which police say appeared to be self-inflicted.

The initial charge he faced has now been upgraded to murder.

The community of Molendinar is still reeling over the tragic death of the young mother.

According to Police and eyewitness accounts, Tara Brown’s car was run off the road at Macquarie Avenue at Molendinar around 8.45am on Tuesday.

Reports say while she was trapped inside the vehicle, 24-year-old Patea allegedly viciously assaulted Ms Brown, repeatedly hitting her in the head, before fleeing.

Queensland Police say Patea will face further charges, one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and contravene a domestic violence order.

A bedside hearing was held for Patea yesterday and he has been remanded in custody until the 28th of October when he will appear before the Southport Magistrates Court.