Broken eye socket in alleged bashing at LGBTI event in Rocky

A MAN, 33, was left with a broken eye socket after he was allegedly assaulted in the toilets of a Rockhampton nightclub early Sunday.

Police said the alleged incident occurred at Flamingoes on Quay as part of an event held by Club Rok, an LGBTI friendly community group, sometime between 1am and 1.30am

Peter Leggatt is a Club Rok committee member and was at the event, but did not witness the attack.

"It was out of view where it happened … it was upsetting for a lot of people though," he said.

"We don't condone that kind of violence and we have zero tolerance for it.

"It's very random.

"We haven't had something like that happen at Club Rok before."

Peter said the event was the only one of its kind for the LGBTI community in Central Queensland, and they had about 180 people at the club on the night.

Club Rok wrote an open letter to its members on Sunday.

"We at Club Rok do our very best to offer you a safe and friendly club night where you can embrace and accept each other, regardless of our unique differences that make us all human," it read.

"The team at Club Rok objects to any act of violence, regardless of who is involved and the circumstances resulting in the act.

"We encourage our patrons to enjoy the Club Rok nights and act in a manner which promotes the safe wellbeing of yourself and others."

They usually hold events each month.

The victim will travel to Brisbane to attend a maxillofacial Clinic.

A man, 21, has been charged with assault in relation to the incident and will appear in court at a later date.



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