Doctor tells of man's head injury

A DOCTOR working at Byron Bay hospital said an unconscious Pottsville man’s face was ‘stoved in’ when she treated him in the Emergency Department after he allegedly had his head stamped on.

Dr Ellie Kennedy, at the trial of three Northern Rivers men in Lismore District Court, said yesterday she treated victims Dallas Arnold and Nathan Spratt at 11.30pm on March 7 last year. She described the right side of Mr Arnold’s face as being misaligned and stoved in.

“His injuries were not inconsistent with his head suffering a severe blunt force trauma while laying on a hard surface,” she said. “We were all shocked by the appearance of his face.”

Dr Kennedy said it had been hard to examine the pupils in his eyes because his face was so swollen.

The three accused men, Nicholas Stafford Sharp, 27, of Ocean Shores, Dean William Phelps, 25, of Suffolk Park, and Lee Frederick Funnell, 26, of Brunswick Heads, are charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to Pottsville man Dallas Arnold, 32, at Byron Bay on March 7 last year; and threatening to use violence towards (hotel security guard) Campbell McFarlane and other people that would cause them to fear for their safety.

Phelps and Funnell are accused in company of assaulting Nathan Spratt, 31, of Carrara on the Gold Coast, causing him bodily harm. Sharp has strongly denied the Crown allegation he stamped on the head of Mr Arnold.

Evidence given in a statement by a neurosurgery registrar at Gold Coast Hospital stated Mr Arnold’s injuries included a right temple skull fracture, with the injured man kept on a ventilator for five days, and 16 days spent in hospital after the assault.

With regard to Mr Spratt, Dr Kennedy said she also treated him at Byron Bay and his facial injuries had been consistent with being punched. She said he had pain, a swollen face and facial abrasions.

Dr Kennedy said Mr Spratt had been very worried about his injured friend.

“He (Mr Spratt) was very polite. A real gentleman and nothing obnoxious about him,” she said.

The trial continues.

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