Man faces district court as glassing trial gets underway

A MAN is facing Gladstone District Court on a charge of grievous bodily harm following an alleged glassing incident at Wurdong Heights.

Matthew Edward Scott, 21, was first to appear in the dock, as he faced trial for one count of unlawfully causing grievous bodily harm.

The alleged victim of the attack, Brendan Clarke, 21, appeared in the witness stand to give evidence as Crown Prosecutor Susan Hedge presented the Crown case to the jury.

The Crown alleged that on the night of July 24, 2010 and into the early hours of July 25, 2010, at a party at Wurdong Heights, Mr Scott launched a glass bottle at Mr Clarke, causing a laceration and rupturing his Achilles tendon.

The court heard evidence from four witnesses, including the expert testimony of Dr Shailendra Dass, who performed urgent surgery to repair Mr Clarke's ruptured tendon at Rockhampton Base Hospital.

Defence Barrister David Murray tried to determine whether it was possible the injuries suffered by Mr Clarke could have been caused by the bottle allegedly thrown by Mr Scott.

Dr Matthew Allen will address the court with his expert evidence on Tuesday morning.

The acting director of the Emergency Department at Gladstone Base Hospital treated Mr Clarke on the night he presented to the emergency department.

During cross-examination Mr Murray found discrepancies between witness statements given to police and evidence being presented in court, as memories of the night were "very sketchy", according to one witness.