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Vic council worker attacked for doing job

AAP logoAAP 11/08/2016 By Jacqueline Le

A council inspector was just doing his job when a Victorian landowner hit him in the head with a steel pipe, causing his brain to ricochet inside his skull.

Gippsland Shire Council building inspector Justin Eades almost died when he was attacked by Jonas Black on his Turtons Creek property last year.

Black, 46, was found guilty in June of the attempted murder of Mr Eades and his colleague Matthew Patterson and one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Eades, 33, can no longer work, has lost his sense of taste, and will likely never regain all of his nerve functions, he said in a victim impact statement to the Victorian Supreme Court on Thursday.

"I'm angry that this has happened to my life. I was just doing my job," he said.

Doctors have told Mr Eades his nerve endings have been shorn off due to the traumatic brain injury he suffered.

"I was hit to the back of the head with such force that my brain ricocheted inside my skull," he said.

"An inch higher I would be dead, an inch lower I would be a paraplegic."

Black hit Mr Eades with a metal pipe, fracturing his skull, as the building surveyor took photos inside a shed on Black's property on May 25, 2015.

Black had been fighting with the council over the sheds since 2013, with the dispute resulting in a court-ordered demolition order.

He felt persecuted by Mr Patterson and the council over sheds on his property, but had never met Mr Eades or had anything to do with him before the attack.

Mr Eades had recently moved into the role of building and planning enforcement officer when he accompanied Mr Patterson to Black's property for an inspection that day.

He was attacked first and a struggle ensued between Black and Mr Patterson, who managed to escape and raise the alarm.

Mr Eades was airlifted from Gippsland to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne as specialists tried to reduce the bleed on his brain, which was about the size of a tennis ball.

A jury found Black guilty of attempted murder after prosecutors said he had dug a shallow grave and bought bags of lime in preparation for his meeting with Mr Patterson.

The plea hearing will resume on Friday.

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