Man kept fighting bouncers after his eye fell out - Aus

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Man kept fighting bouncers after his eye fell out - Aus

Postby WtD_Oracle » 09 Jun 2011, 19:23 ... 1fsjp.html

A man pleaded with his friend to stop struggling with nightclub bouncers because his eye was "hanging out" after a glassing attack at Brisbane's Chalk Hotel.

Allan Sandeman told Brisbane District Court yesterday he saw his friend, Aaron Townsend, get hit in the face with a glass that was thrown by another man at an upstairs dance floor of the Woolloongabba venue on October 31, 2009.

The accused man, 28-year-old Hakim Gulbis-Paris, has pleaded not guilty to grievous bodily harm

Mr Sandeman said he was dancing by himself when he saw Mr Townsend approach two men and shake hands with one of the men.

"Like a tug of war, pulling each other in and out while shaking hands," he said.

Mr Townsend then swung a punch at the man but he was pinned to the ground by him and another man.

Mr Sandeman said he approached the fight and pushed one of the men off Mr Townsend.

Moments later, he said he heard what sounded like a loud clapping sound, which was the sound of a glass hitting Mr Townsend in the face.

Mr Sandeman said the glass had been thrown by the man Mr Townsend had earlier shaken hands with.

"Aaron looked at me and said: 'what the hell just happened?' and I said 'I think you've been glassed'," Mr Sandeman said.

Mr Townsend walked away from the men but he then ran back towards them, chasing and throwing punches at the man he believed had glassed him.

That man was not Mr Gulbis-Paris, Mr Sandeman said..

Mr Sandeman said Mr Townsend, who had taken amphetamines earlier in the night, was taken outside of the club was struggling with bouncers and police officers trying to restrain him.

He said he saw his friend's injured eye being pushed into the concrete during the struggle.

Mr Sandeman said he bent down and told Mr Townsend: "Please calm down, you're really badly hurt, your eye is hanging out."

Earlier, nightclubber Diane Auda gave evidence she saw trouble on the dance floor and stood on a table to take photos of events.

Her photos, which show bouncers detaining several men among people dancing, were shown to the court.

The trial continues today.
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