Rocky man gets big punch payout

ROCKHAMPTON funeral director Grant Perry has been awarded $21,000 in compensation after one punch caused him years of pain and suffering.

His attacker, local football star Matthew Jarvis, has already served eight months prison for the attack on Christmas Eve, 2006.

Mr Perry filed a civil claim in the Rockhampton District Court and last week Judge Grant Britton made the order for damages after determining they were “severe”.

Mr Perry, 46, suffered a broken jaw, laceration to his right eyebrow, abrasion to his forehead, swelling to his cheek, and lost a tooth.

He had to have plates and screws inserted to realign his jaw and continual dental work.

Judge Britton said Mr Perry's version of events differed from the facts presented in court when Mr Jarvis, 24, was sentenced to prison last year.

He said he would assess compensation based on his own sentencing remarks.

Mr Perry was punched to the right side of his face, then lifted and slammed into a brick wall and landed unconscious on the ground.

In documents presented to the court, Mr Perry said he did not remember the attack but remembered going unconscious “with someone holding him down”.

He said when he woke he tried to speak but couldn't because his jaw was grinding.

He said since the attack he had difficulty sleeping and repeatedly relived the incident.

Judge Britton ruled that Mr Perry's actions were not unreasonable and he did not provoke his attack.

He said Mr Perry was walking away when he was attacked without warning, after a verbal confrontation outside a city nightclub.

Mr Jarvis pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm in October last year.

He served eight months of a two-year prison sentence.

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