Jesse Palu went through four hours of surgery after he was allegedly cut with a broken beer bottle at a Fortitude Valley night club.
Jesse Palu went through four hours of surgery after he was allegedly cut with a broken beer bottle at a Fortitude Valley night club. Jason Dougherty

Glassing victim fought for life

ONE minute Jesse Palu was enjoying a carefree night out in Brisbane, dancing with his sister and their mates.

The next the 21-year-old Mountain Creek bodybuilder was fighting for his life after he was allegedly glassed with a broken beer bottle in the face, chest and stomach.

The wounds were deep and every time his heart beat, blood gushed out.

After surviving the horrific incident, he is calling for a blanket ban on glass in all licensed Queensland pubs and clubs.

“The surgeon told me that my muscles stopped the glass from reaching my lungs or my heart,” he said.

“What if it had been someone else?”

Mr Palu was in the Mystique RnB night club in the Valley about 2am on Sunday when he said he accidentally bumped into a group of men on the dance floor.

“I was punched and hit over the head with a beer bottle,” he said.

“The one blow broke the bottle and also cut my chest and abdomen.

“I didn’t realise how bad the wounds were until I stumbled outside.

“When I removed my hand from my chest there was blood everywhere.”

Mr Palu said in the chaos after the glassing he became separated from his sister and their mates.

“I tried to remain calm and asked the security guards to call me an ambulance,” he said. “I thought I was going to die.”

Mr Palu was rushed to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

“I had four hours of surgery,” he said.

“I’ve got stiches internally and externally.

“My sister was shocked to see me.

“She told me that after the incident they shut down the club and wouldn’t let anyone leave until police arrived.”

Mr Palu said he was told he would have to take three months off bodybuilding.

“I can’t lift my arms above my head,” he said.

“I am in a fair bit of pain from the injuries. The scars will be quite large.

“I really don’t think glass and drunk people mix.

“There’s no reason why plastic glasses can’t be used in pubs and clubs.”

The Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group has already introduced tempered glass at a quarter of its 110 venues across Queensland and will eventually do so at all of them.

Four of those are on the Sunshine Coast – Villa Noosa, Pub Mooloolaba, The Wharf and The Waterfront.

Mystique was among more than 70 “high risk” licensed venues across Brisbane which were identified as the first to be targeted by the state government in July 2009 for a glass ban.

More recently the state government has asked 77 venues where there have been repeated attacks to justify why they should be allowed to continue to use glass.

The Daily was unable to contact Mystique for comment yesterday or confirm if it has been issued a show cause notice.

A 24-year-old Goodna man, Wayne Matautia, was charged with unlawful wounding when he appeared in a Brisbane court yesterday. He was bailed and will reappear on February 22.



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