Attack victim wants compo

IT was a dirty act when vacuum salesman Evan Graham Cooper was floored by a sucker punch in a Tieri street attack.

Now Mr Cooper's hoping to clean up in the courts, having lodged a compensation claim for the injuries he received.

The Sunshine Coast man required eight screws and two plates in his jaw after he was attacked by Moranbah's Joshua Thomas Earl.

Mr Cooper was knocked unconscious during the assault, but that didn't stop the attack.

He was left in a bloodied state and later after being transferred to Royal Brisbane Hospital underwent surgery on his busted jaw.

Mr Cooper last week lodged his claim in the District Court at Rockhampton.

Earl narrowly escaped time behind bars for the attack which was one of two he was involved in during a drunken spree that night in December, 2005.

The attack happened after both parties had been drinking at the Tieri Bowls Club.

Mr Cooper was among a group of three vacuum salesmen who were in the region and who'd gone to the club with customers.

Friends of the customers allowed him to stay at their place afterwards.

He was woken about 2.30am by the woman to say her partner was in trouble with a group of blokes outside.

Mr Cooper had gone to help when he was attacked.

In an affidavit provided by a psychologist to support Mr Cooper's claim it said the most distressing long-term aspect of the assault was that Mr Cooper could not remember anything about the attack or attacker.

“He does not know what the assailant looks like and therefore does not know if he has ever walked past him in the street,” the affidavit said.

“He feels ashamed at his failure to defend himself ... (and) is suspicious of anyone in the same age group as his attacker. He commented the paranoia is eating him away.”

Mr Cooper was not able to return to the job he had before the injury and now works in a different field.



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