‘Glassing’ victim may face action by hotel

A LAIDLEY man has a long hospital recovery ahead of him after being brutally attacked at a popular Brisbane night spot.

Aaron Townsend, 26, suffered horrendous eye and facial injuries when he was allegedly struck by a glass that was thrown across a dance floor at the Chalk Hotel in Woolloongabba.

The motor-bike enthusiast has now regained consciousness after being placed in an induced coma and undergoing surgery to save his eye.

The incident has thrust Mr Townsend into the middle of a political storm.

The Queensland Police Union said the man’s injuries were further proof that a 2am curfew should be introduced to inner-city night clubs before Christmas this year.

However, reports allege that police are now investigating whether a glass had even been used in the assault.

Mr Townsend may also face a legal suit from Chalk Hotel.

The hotel’s general manager Jason Titman said the pub was considering civil action against every patron involved in the violent incident, which occurred on Saturday morning, including the 26-year-old victim.

Friends have used Facebook to rally in support of the former Laidley State High School student.

One of the man’s friends, Susan Andrews, witnessed the incident and used the site to describe the attack.

“So upset! Was at the chalk bar and da boys got in a wee fight and some looser threw a glass at my mates face and it split the bottom of his eye open! They don’t no if he gunna be able to keep it or what!” Ms Andrews said.

Mr Townsend’s alleged attacker, Hakim Gulbis-Paris, 27, of Coorparoo, was yesterday granted bail in Brisbane Magistrates Court after facing charges of grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding.

Mr Gulbis-Paris is now subject to a 12.30am curfew.

He is scheduled to reappear in court on December 21.


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