Victim won’t fear venues after attack at at LGBTI event

ASSAULTED: Pieter Tjerkstra was beaten at a nightclub Sunday morning.
ASSAULTED: Pieter Tjerkstra was beaten at a nightclub Sunday morning. Contributed

PIETER Tjerkstra holds no ill will against the 21-year-old man who allegedly brutally bashed him in the toilets of a Rockhampton nightclub early Sunday morning.

Pieter has been left with a broken eye socket and a split nose and must undergo surgery next week.

The 33-year-old said they were both in the toilet when the man, who Pieter did not know, thought he overheard Pieter talking about him.

Pieter said although he told him he wasn't, the man allegedly punched him in the face and repeatedly bashed his head against the toilet walls.

He said they were both at Flamingo's on Quay for an event organised by the LGBTI friendly group Rockhampton Club Rok.

Pieter said a surgeon would have to push his eye back into the socket, once it was fixed, as it had been sinking down.

Doctors have told Pieter it would take up to two months for his face to fully heal but he returned to work today.

Pieter said Flamingoes and Club Rok had been very supportive and that one alleged assault didn't mean they were unsafe venues.

A 21-year-old man has been charged in relation to the assault and will appear in court at a later date.

Topics:  flamingoes on quay lgbti community

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