Glass­ing vic­tim tells of fight to save eye

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

Photo: SUZANNE LOWE

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

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