The family of an Australian man almost hacked to death with a machete in Borneo is worried the perpetrator will return to “finish him off”.
- Australian Daniel Broadhurst says he was attacked with a machete on January 24
- He says his neighbour in Temparuli, Borneo carried out the attack
- His assailant is on the run and reportedly told people he wants to return to ‘finish him off’
Daniel Broadhurst, known locally as Aussie Dan, said he was attacked from behind in the village of Temparuli, on January 24.
He suffered life-threatening head injuries after being struck several times with the machete in the back of the head, and to both arms.
“[The attacker] basically smashed my skull,” Mr Broadhurst said from his hospital bed in Tuaran.
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The 46-year-old said he had been in immense pain since and had suffered hallucinations due to his head injuries.
“Day one, I thought I was an egg,” he said.
“It was the most horrid experience I’d ever had. You really just don’t know who you are or where you’re from.”
‘I proceeded to punch him most vigorously’
Mr Broadhurst, who runs several home-stays in the village, said the machete attack was prompted by an earlier confrontation with the perpetrator, known locally as Roy.
“I walked up to my little house there, went inside and there’s Roy … I just got so angry because I knew he shouldn’t have been there. He was trespassing,” he said.
“I proceeded to punch him most vigorously and told him to leave.”
As the Australian dive instructor walked away, he was struck from behind, before the attacker ran off into the bush.
Mr Broadhurst eventually collapsed on the roadside, where he was discovered by a friend, who called an ambulance.
Attacker still at large
Roy, believed to be an undocumented Filipino migrant, remains on the run.
Mr Broadhurst’s wife, Tina Goh, fears her husband’s life is still in danger.
“My husband will be out of hospital in a couple of weeks’ time. We’re really worried about Daniel’s safety when he does come out of the hospital,” she said.
Ms Goh said the attacker had made threats through a mutual associate since the January incident.
“The perpetrator was asking [about] the welfare of Daniel, and when he learnt that Daniel was still alive, he said he will finish him off,” she said.
Despite his near-death experience, Mr Broadhurst does not share her fears.
“No, not at all. Because it’s such a random act,” he said.
Doctors have warned Mr Broadhurst he could have permanent impairment because of damage to the part of his brain that processes vision.
But he said he did not have any regrets.
“If I had to do it again, I probably would have because I got a few good hits [on] the kid and it felt good,” he said.
“But unfortunately if you’ve got a machete, and you get blindsided, things are going to end wrong.”