Assault victim gets $24,000 compo

THOMAS Claude Reid was jailed for 3½ years for an attempted rape and now he will have to pay his victim $24,000.

The woman, 20, had been sitting alone at a Rockhampton bus stop when Reid, 23, approached and asked her to engage in sexual activities.

She said no repeatedly but his persistence turned into assault.

The woman tried to fight him off by throwing a soft drink can at his face, hitting him with her handbag and eye gauging him.

Reid punched her, knocking her to the ground.

It was only when she started screaming that he stopped and fled with her handbag.

Reid was caught eight months after the November 12, 2005, attack, through DNA evidence.

The woman suffered injuries to her jaw, back and scratches to her chest.

But she also suffered emotional injuries and developed a social phobia.

Yesterday Rockhampton District Court judge Grant Britton said the woman had to change jobs because of her regular interaction with indigenous people.

She said in written court documents that interacting with indigenous students brought back vivid memories of the attack because Reid was of indigenous descent.

Judge Britton said the woman also drank to excess for six months after the attack and gained a considerable amount of weight from binge eating.

She no longer cared about her appearance.

Judge Britton ruled that the woman did nothing to contribute to the attack and should be granted her criminal compensation claim.



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