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Glassing case: Court learns of secret recording

A MYSTERY police recording that surfaced after 18 months may hold the answers in deciding the fate of a man accused of a glassing.

Michael Baillie faces one charge of assault occasioning bodily harm with an instrument.

He is alleged to have bashed the victim, Jason Antony Sorafumo, on February 17, 2013.

The Gladstone District Court was adjourned early afternoon yesterday, after it was revealed a recording was made by police on the night of the offence.

Neither the defence nor prosecution were aware of the recording prior, despite the indictment being present in the justice system for 10 months.

In the second day of the trial, the court heard from four crown witnesses, including Mr Sorafumo.

In his evidence, Mr Sorafumo told the court he "did not want drama" in the early hours of February 17, when there were arguments at his house on Kianga St, Barney Point.

Instead he took the drama to the defendant's house around the corner on Callide Cres, where a green glass cup was allegedly smashed on the side of his face.

Disputes are arising between testimony and counsel as to whether a fight occurred between the parties before the victim was allegedly glassed.

While Mr Sorafumo has denied a fight occurred, witness Graham Randalf said there "was a bit of a tussle".

The injury required extensive surgery and has left Mr Sorafumo with scarring 18 months later.

When police arrived at around 2.50am, broken glass, blood stains and torn clothing were strewn across the Callide Cres property.

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