Glassing puts culprit behind bars

A MAN has been left with permanent impaired vision after a glass punctured his left eye in a Yeppoon glassing attack.

Peter Francis last week was jailed for three years after admitting he was responsible for the drunken attack more than two years ago at the Strand Hotel.

As the 53-year-old was led away by police guards on Monday, he blew a kiss and waved a pained goodbye to his wife of 24 years.

Francis had pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to causing grievous bodily harm on November 17, 2007.

The court heard that Francis had been heavily intoxicated on the night of the attack and had moved between the Strand Hotel and the Marsden Tavern.

When he returned to the Strand Hotel an altercation had erupted between himself and the other man, whom he knew as an acquaintance.

Francis, a father-of-two, threw the glass towards the man and it hit him on the face and left eye.

The man had to be flown to a Brisbane hospital for surgery and spent one week receiving medical attention.

As well as the damage to his vision, the man had also been left with significant scarring to his face.

Defence barrister Tom Polley told the court that if Francis, an electrician, went to jail there would be no income for his household.

He also said Francis had not intended to cause serious injury.

Mr Polley said Francis wasn’t the only aggressive one in the altercation.

He said even after the glassing incident the victim followed Francis and tackled him from behind.

“The other party was aggressive earlier,” Mr Polley said.

“He also has a lack of recollection because of his intoxication, but he has since taken steps to deal with his drinking.”

Judge Grant Britton said it would be highly unlikely that Francis would re-offend when released from prison, and therefore ordered his release after he had served six months.



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