Police are investigating a retired Lieutenant-Colonel and Iraq war veteran in Australia after he got into a skirmish with a fisherman who he says attacked his wife.
Kyle Tyrrell, 47, suffered minor injuries and says his wife, Liana, was punched in the face during the fight on Jan. 23 at the Cosy Corner beach at Torqauy, the Herald Sun newspaper reported. At least one of the fishermen was taken to the hospital.
Mr. Tyrrell told the Herald Sun that he was confident he would not be charged.
“I was just protecting my wife and daughter, like any man,” he said.
Mrs. Tyrrell said she saw one of the fishermen putting a crab pot in to the water at the beach and politely told him that fishing was banned in the area because it is a marine sanctuary.
“Liana said nicely to him that if you put that in there, you may get in trouble, as you are not meant to have it,” Mr. Tyrrell said. “That was it, and he turned on her.”
Mr. Tyrrell said he then heard his wife screaming and turned to see the man attacking her and ran to her aid. He got the man into a headlock but then he said up to eight other men ran in to join the fight.
Mr. Tyrrell, a combat veteran and martial arts instructor, said he ended up on the ground and was kicked in the head.
He says the main attacker was Muslim and believes the violent attack was racially and culturally motivated.
“I’m a war veteran and I fought in the Middle East. The main attacker was Muslim and my take is he probably didn’t like being told what to do from a woman,” Mr. Tyrrell told the Herald Sun.
“This guy was calling Liana a white s—- and a white whore and telling her: ‘Your husband needs to teach you a lesson,’” he added.
Police have not yet laid any charges and are continuing their investigation.