Bashed and left to die in Emer­ald

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WHAT was sup­posed to be a fun night out with friends in Emer­ald cel­e­brat­ing the rugby league grand fi­nal turned into a night­mare for 28-year-old Matthew Reed.

The former Mackay man who now lives in Ip­swich was left with a blow-out frac­ture to his left eye socket, a frac­tured nose, a de­vi­ated sep­tum and an abra­sion to his left eye­ball af­ter be­ing as­saulted at a ho­tel in Emer­ald on the night of Septem­ber 30.

Mr Reed said he no­ticed a heated ar­gu­ment go­ing on be­tween a man and a woman and ap­proached the cou­ple to in­ter­vene.

“I had gone out to the smok­ing area at the pub and I heard a man yelling at a fe­male,” Mr Reed said.

“I said to him ‘lis­ten mate just calm down” and it was at that time he started to walk to­wards me.

“And that’s when I copped a mas­sive hit to the left side of my head. I fell to the ground and kept get­ting punched.

“I was in so much pain and I didn’t know when it would end.

“When I fi­nally put my head up to get a glimpse of who was hit­ting me, I got a kick in the face from the fe­male who I was de­fend­ing.”

A po­lice spokesman said the in­ci­dent was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He con­firmed that no-one had been ar­rested or charged in re­la­tion to the as­sault.

Mr Reed said he was now putting the pieces of his life back to­gether and was fac­ing a long and dif­fi­cult road to re­cov­ery.

He may still need fa­cial re­con­struc­tion surgery to re­pair his eye socket and se­verely bro­ken nose.

Al­though the ‘one punch can kill’ cam­paign is widely pro­moted, Mr Reed said he be­lieves the mes­sage isn’t get­ting through to peo­ple.

His ex­pe­ri­ence has made him de­ter­mined to pre­vent fu­ture at­tacks and en­sure so­ci­ety is aware of the ef­fects that vi­o­lence can have on a per­son’s life.

“A coward punch doesn’t just af­fect the vic­tim, it af­fects their en­tire fam­ily,” he said.

“In the space of two or three sec­onds, you can com­pletely ruin some­one’s life.

“I haven’t been able to work or spend qual­ity time with my son.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the as­sault is urged to con­tact po­lice.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NIGHT­MARE: Matthew Reed was as­saulted at an Emer­ald ho­tel on Septem­ber 30.

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