Court hears of brain injuries



A BUNDABERG man was yesterday committed to stand trial for grievous bodily harm after a street fight that ended with a man being airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Grant Andreas Gibson, 20, is accused of kicking Nicholas Pitura in the head, causing bleeding and a build-up of fluid in his brain.

Mr Pitura started a fight with Gibson on the corner of Bourbong and Maryborough streets on December 12, 2003.

It is alleged that during the fight Mr Pitura was pushed to the ground, where Gibson kicked him in the head.

The next day Mr Pitura could not feel his left side and was taken to Bundaberg Base Hospital, then airlifted to Brisbane where his brain injuries were discovered.

Mr Pitura followed Gibson to start the fight after leaving Banjo's Tavern with friends.

The court heard from witnesses who could not say where the kick had landed - at least one said it was to the upper body.

Gibson's defence lawyer questioned two doctors called to give evidence about the brain injuries, suggesting they could have been caused by knocking the head against cement after the fight.



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