Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bashed blind man speaks out about attack

A blind man who had his jaw broken after being bashed in Brisbane's CBD has spoken about his brutal attack.
Glenn Trapnell, 41, was minding his own business when he heard a girl's scream from the public toilets near the corner of Queen and Albert Streets in the city at about 5pm on Tuesday afternoon.
The visually-impaired man said thought a girl was being raped and all he could remember from the incident was waking up in hospital.

"I walked in and heard a lady screaming in the toilet, my cousin said 'is everything alright in there?', and then the next thing you know the door flew open and I don't remember anything else," Mr Trapnell told Nine News.

"There was a man and a lady in there (the toilet).
"A big fella came out and apparently hit me and my cousin said 'don't hit him he can't see', and he stood in the way and then the guy beat my cousin up."

Kevin Paisa, an 18-year-old from Kingston in Brisbane's south, has been charged over the attack which left Mr Trapnell with a broken jaw and lacerations, and his cousin Nathan Reith, 30, with a broken jaw.

Mr Paisa faced Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm, but he was granted bail when his case was adjourned to August 19, on the proviso he did not enter Brisbane's Queens Street Mall.

Mr Trapnell, who is a drummer for the band Bore Water, said it was lucky another acquaintance in a wheelchair was not there at the time he was supposed to be.
"If he was with us they would have just smashed him," he said.
"Anybody who goes to the toilet should be able to go to the toilet without being picked on."

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