Josh Storer, was seriously assaulted Friday at The Albany bar and restaurant. Photo / Supplied
A friend of a man fighting for his life in hospital after a serious assault at a bar on the north coast said it was a difficult time for the victim’s family in England.
Josh Storer, 25, was seriously injured Friday night at The Albany bar and restaurant just after 11 p.m. An ambulance intervened and he was taken to hospital in critical condition.
He remains in a coma in an intensive care unit, suffering from a “significant brain injury,” according to a GoFundMe page set up for his family.
“It’s touch and go,” Page said.
A 56-year-old man has been arrested and charged with causing bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, police said.
A friend of Storer, whom the Herald agreed not to name, said he was a hard worker who enjoyed fishing and going to the pub.
“We are his Kiwi family because he has no family here,” his friend told the Herald.
“He’s a good guy, I guess.
Storer is “very close” to his family and speaks to them on a daily basis, his friend said.
“I can imagine it’s quite difficult for them.
“It’s hard to draw any conclusions about what’s going to happen.
“They must be having a lot of trouble right now.”
Storer’s family were planning to visit New Zealand from England last year before the Covid-19 hit.
They will now try to enter New Zealand to “be there when he wakes up” in the hospital, his friend said.
Two crowdfunding pages were put in place to help Storer’s family cover the costs of traveling to New Zealand to be at his bedside.
Owner of The Albany, Preet Dhaliwal, created a small Giveali page last night for his “local client and good friend”.
Dhaliwal said he would “have a beer” with Storer at least two to three times a week.
“One of our residents was assaulted and we are trying to fundraise for his family to bring his family from England,” he said.
“The costs of thefts and managed isolation are quite high and we try to alleviate the stress on the family as much as possible.
“Pub management and staff assisted the police if necessary and an arrest was made on Saturday evening.”
Meanwhile a GoFundMe page was established in England to cover flights and family accommodation.
“Josh Storer was involved in an accident yesterday in New Zealand that left him in intensive care with a significant brain injury,” the Page said.
“He is currently on touch and go as he is in a medicated coma and will be for several days monitoring his condition and planning next steps.
“Right now he’s in critical condition and we wanted to let him and his friends know about the situation.”
The page raised over £ 6,200.