Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Black left unconscious after attack, Aussie court told
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2001, 22:13 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Melbourne: West Indian Test cricketer Marlon Black was forced out of tours to South Africa and Zimbabwe because of a vicious attack outside a nightclub in Melbourne this year, a court heard on Tuesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Three Melbourne men admitted attacking the fast bowler who was left unconscious, lying face down on the road after he was punched and kicked about the head and body and struck with a wooden garden stake.Crown prosecutor Jack Vandersteen said Black was attacked in the early hours of February 11 as he left the nightclub at Melbourne's Colonial Stadium.The men who assaulted him, Brian Siali, 24, Gideon Tuinauvai, 21, and Sione Puamau, 21, have pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious injury.Vandersteen said Black needed four months to recover from the attack and was forced to miss the tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe, costing him dollars 100,000 ($ 50,000) in lost income.As well as suffering loss of income his injuries had made it harder for him to regain his place in the West Indies side. Black also had suffered emotional trauma, he said.The hearing, before Judge Meryl Sexton, is continuing.