Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

District Court Told Victim Had Headbutting History

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

District Court Told Victim Had Headbutting History

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Byline: Peter Hardwick @thechronicle.com.au

A MAN who was allegedly glassed during an argument at a Toowoomba pub had a habit of getting into fights and headbutting opponents, it was claimed in the city's District Court yesterday.

Matthew Mark Grady, 25, has pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Kyle Parkinson, 24, in an incident at the Federal Hotel on James Street on the night of November 7 last year.

Opening the Crown case against Grady, Crown prosecutor Sam Bain said the two men, who were known to each other but were not friends, had become embroiled in an argument on the pub's smoking balcony and Parkinson had either headbutted or pushed Grady away.

Grady had then either thrown or pushed a glass into Parkinson's face, the glass shattering on impact, perforating his left eye, he said.

The first witness called to the trial, Parkinson said he had 21 stitches to the outside of the wound and three operations and had been left with about 20 per cent vision in that eye. …

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