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Victim speaks about attack

Peter Strzelczk has been unable to work since being assaulted while working in Airlie Beach last week.
Peter Strzelczk has been unable to work since being assaulted while working in Airlie Beach last week.

PETER Strzelczyk isn't sure when he will be able to go back to work.

The Cannonvale resident, who works part time as a delivery driver for Dominos, was the victim of a vicious assault while working at the pizza shop in Airlie Beach on Saturday night.

Mr Strzelczyk, 38, was struck on the head a number of times after an altercation outside the store at about 9.30pm.

The force of the blow caused him to fall backwards and hit his head on concrete.

Mr Strzelczyk has since suffered from headaches and nausea and one side of his face has been numb ever since.

He also suffered two black eyes, a broken nose and swelling to his face.

He spent six hours in hospital on Sunday and has to visit a specialist when he can get an appointment.

“I am waiting to see a specialist in Townsville but there may be some nerve damage to my face,” Mr Strzelczyk said from his Cannonvale home yesterday.

He does not know the men who assaulted him but police have released CCTV footage of two men they wish to speak to in relation to the assault.

Mr Strzelczyk is still confused as to what led to a man hitting him.

“I don't deserve to be abused even verbally when I am working,” he said.

“I don't know how I am going to feel when I go back to work.  

“I don't know when that will be because I can't even drive a car at the moment.  

“I feel mentally and physically shattered.”  

Mr Strzelczyk has lived in the Whitsundays for seven years and said he still couldn't believe what had happened to him on Saturday night. 

“This is my home,” he said.  

He has been heartened by the support he has received from friends over the past week.  

Anyone with information about the assault or who may recognise the men in the CCTV footage is encouraged to contact Whitsunday Police on 4948 8888.
 


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