Danny Brodie with his wife Shelley and children Corey, 13, and Kara-Lea, 11.
Danny Brodie with his wife Shelley and children Corey, 13, and Kara-Lea, 11.

Danny sorry for attacker given 10 years jail

By MAT OVENDENmovenden@gladstoneobserver.com.au

DANNY Brodie believes the vicious assault which left him partially blind not only destroyed his life ? but the life of his attacker.

Mr Brodie was attacked in Bundaberg by Mark Vivian Eade, 18, on April 24 last year.

Eade was yesterday sentenced to 10 years jail for the offences when he appeared in Bundaberg District Court.

'It's wrecked two lives. He's wrecked mine and his,' Mr Brodie said from his Gladstone home yesterday after hearing the verdict.

'I don't think jail helps. I think he needs help in a hospital after what he did.

'You've got to feel sorry for him even after what he's done to me.'

Yesterday the court heard Eade bashed Danny Brodie with a hockey stick before reversing his car over him. He then drove his car forward over Mr Brodie.

Judge Forde said the case was the one of the most disturbing he had seen in his 10 years as a judge.

'The flogging with the stick was bad enough, but to run over his body twice is hard to comprehend,' Judge Forde said.

Mr Brodie is now medically blind in the left eye and has facial scarring from the incident.

He has had three operations after the incident and will again travel to Brisbane next week for further surgery.

Eade, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was sentenced to 10 years jail after pleading guilty to the charges of grievous bodily harm with intent, and assault occasioning bodily harm while armed (and in company).

He also pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm while adversely affected.

Eade was found to have a blood alcohol reading of 0.129 per cent when he committed the offence and was affected by drugs.

Judge Forde said although a group of other men took part in the street fight, the defendant's role had been quite distinctive.

'There must be a general deterrent to this type of offence in the community,' he said.

Eade stared emotionless from the box at his mother and sister after the verdict was read, before he was led away by police.

Mr Brodie has spent his savings for a house and medical bills, and lives off benefits.



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