Publican ordered to pay $200k
THE PUBLICAN of Childers’ Grand Hotel was yesterday feeling a bit punch drunk after learning he has to pay a former patron almost $200,000 – because he threw a “pot” glass at him in 2005.
Dennis Corliss and his wife, Pam, were yesterday travelling to a cardiologist’s appointment in Brisbane, trying to come to terms with the massive damages payout they’ve been ordered to fork out for causing Terry Gibbings-Johns a serious “penetrating” eye injury.
The Corlisses, who have run the Grand Hotel for 14 years, declined to comment to the Fraser Coast Chronicle yesterday except to say they would be appealing the judgement, which says they now owe their former patron $196,152.
Rockhampton Supreme Court Justice Duncan McMeekin’s civil judgement, which was published on Friday, said Mr Corliss had thrown the glass at Mr Gibbings-John after he had shattered one of the hotel’s windows in May 2005 as he was standing outside the pub.
Justice Meekin said the men had known each other for some time and that there was “a bad feeling” between them after Mr Corliss had banned Mr Gibbings-Johns from entering the Grand for being a pest.