Skull held together by plate after alleged assault
JAIMAN Tyrrell doesn't want his two-year-old daughter to see him like this.
Jaiman was allegedly the victim of a one-punch assault on his way home after celebrating a night out with mates in Hervey Bay.
It is alleged a single punch to the side of his face knocked Jaiman to the ground on the Esplanade at Torquay in the early hours of Australia Day.
Jaiman was flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the next day underwent reconstructive surgery to have a permanent steel plate fixed to his skull.
His swelling and bruising has started to heal but it will be six more weeks before Jaiman can eat solid food.
He has a row of staples pinning his scalp together that he'd prefer to keep hidden under a cap.
"I was supposed to have my little girl this weekend but I don't want her to see me like this," Jaiman said.
He said he would never forget the pain he endured and was thankful he hadn't been knocked unconscious by the hit.
"I'm really lucky I've gone down to ground - rather than falling and hitting my head on the concrete," Jaiman said.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell defended his comments about the Fraser Coast being a safe community which were published only days before Jaiman was allegedly hit.
"One incident of violence is one too many - there is absolutely no need for it," he said.
"Because we have a relatively safe, law-abiding community we need to crack down on any violence early. I think it's got to be a joint initiative including measures like CCTV cameras, police campaigns and contributing to wider education."
A police spokesman said a 20-year-old Point Vernon man had been charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm and obstructing police following the alleged attack on January 26.
The man is due to appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on February 20.