Glassing victim tells of fight to save eye
A GLASSING victim has told of his fight to save his left eye which was split almost in half when he was glassed at a Kirwan bar.
Eye specialists told Aaron James Lee Falle he would need a prosthetic replacement after he was taken by ambulance from The Avenues hotel to the Townsville Hospital on November 6, 2009.
The 37 - year - old had emergency surgery to remove two large shards of glass lodged in his eye socket. He said the shards had sliced the eyeball and partially detached the retina.
‘‘ I lost one-third of the fluid in my eye and spent five days in hospital fighting for my eye,’’ Mr Falle said.
‘‘ Doctors weren’t sure if they could save it and they wanted to take it out and give me a glass one.’’
But the North Shore man asked surgeons to repair the damage.
The surgery was a success and Mr Falle’s eye is intact, but he is legally blind with only the ability to see light and dark.
‘ ‘ It’s painful in bright lights or in the sun and that’s why I wear sunglasses most of the time . . . because I get bad headaches,’’ he said.
Mr Falle told his story for the first time yesterday to the Townsville Magistrates Court at t he committal hearing of his alleged at- tacker. He said the injury occurred after two of his friends began arguing near midnight and emptied their drinks on each other.
A gl ass was al l egedly thrown and Mr Falle, who was standing nearby, somehow got in the firing line.
He vaguely remembers turning around to see an arm raised.
‘‘ It was the last thing I ever saw in my life through this eye,’’ Mr Falle said. ‘‘ It was too quick . . . I didn’t even have time to blink . . . but I knew I copped the full brunt of the glass.’’
He told the court he did not see who struck him.
His former housemate, Cory Jay Bradwell, 24, is charged with being the offender.
Mr Falle said after the glassing he yelled at Mr Bradwell, ‘‘ You’ve glassed me, you c** t’’, before he wrapped a shirt around his bloodied eye and was dragged away by bar staff who had called paramedics.
Mr Bradwell has not entered a plea to a charge of grievous bodily harm and the matter has been listed for the next criminal sittings of the District Court.
SUFFERING: Aaron Falle has been left legally blind after a glassing incident at a Kirwan bar in November 2009. Insert: Mr Falle after the attack