Man injured in glassing

A WEEKEND pub brawl has resulted in police charging a 20-year-old man after an alleged glassing incident.

Around 11.40pm Saturday, a 24-year-old man received a laceration to the right side of his forehead after allegedly being struck twice with a glass.

The alleged incident occurred in licensed premises in Agnes Water which involved an argument and physical altercation between a number of people.

The injured man was transported to the Bundaberg Hospital for treatment.

The 20-year-old man was charged with one count of unlawful wounding and is due to face Bundaberg Magistrates Court on July 23.

Glassing has become an issue in Queensland pubs and clubs of late and many premises are choosing to use tempered plastic glasses instead.

Some venues have been forced to change to plastic glasses or face a $10,000 fine after being declared dangerous venues.

A proposed ban on glasses was first announced by the Queensland Government in July, 2009.

On October 8, 2009, Parliament passed legislation to amend the Liquor Act 1992 to ban glasses in high risk venues.

Drinkers protested about plastic glasses when it was first suggested as the general consensus was beer didn’t taste as good in plastic, however, a survey by publicans claims patrons haven’t noticed any difference in the taste.

Acting Senior Sergeant Detective Joe Nixon said this was an isolated incident.

“Glasses should be used for the consumption of drinks only and not used as weapons,” acting Snr Sgt Nixon said.

“Offenders can be charged with unlawful wounding, grievous bodily harm or offences of that nature.

“Glassing can lead to serious disfigurement or harm to persons and people should consider their actions or face considerable jail time.”

If anyone is involved or witnesses a glassing it should be reported to authorities immediately.

“Glasses should be used for the consumption of drinks only and not used as weapons ... offenders can be charged with unlawful wounding, grievous bodily harm or offences of that nature.”



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