Brisbane man charged with hitting Oztag referee during social football match


A man accused of causing a touch football referee to bleed the brain with a kingshot during a social game in Brisbane has faced court.

Benson Leipau Pauga, 32, has been charged with grievous bodily harm following the incident at an Oztag game in Moorooka on July 4.

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Redbank Plains man Pauga allegedly punched referee Jason Fernie in the head knocking him unconscious.

Fernie, father of a longtime Oztag referee, told 7NEWS last week that he suffered a seizure while on the ground.

He says he woke up in hospital, where he stayed for 24 hours while he was treated for a brain haemorrhage.

Oztag referee Jason Fernie suffered a brain hemorrhage following the alleged attack. Credit: Provided

Police opened an investigation before charging Pauga on Friday.

He faced Brisbane Magistrates’ Court on Saturday when it was heard he fled the scene after allegedly delivering the blow.

He was released on bail on the condition that he not contact the victim.

Benson Leipau Pauga (centre, head covered) leaving Brisbane Magistrates’ Court on Saturday. Credit: 7NEWS
Pauga fled the scene of the alleged attack, Brisbane Magistrates’ Court heard. Credit: Provided

He was also banned from playing or attending Oztag matches.

Flanked by two supporters, Pauga hid his face and made no comment to the media after leaving the court.

He is due to appear in court again in September.


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