Bouncer still battles the emotional scars of attack
Bouncer still battles the emotional scars of attack

Three months after she was punched unconscious by 1975 Sandover Medal winner Alan Quartermaine, bouncer Donella Berry is continuing to battle the emotional scars left by the unprovoked assault.

Ms Berry said she was disappointed by the fines handed to Mr Quartermaine and his son Joel over the assault, because they could pay the penalty and move on while she was still picking up the pieces of her life.

Quartermaine, 59, was fined a total of $4500 after pleading guilty to three counts of assault and one count of assault occasioning bodily harm arising from a violent fracas outside Rosie O'Grady's pub in Fremantle on June 30.

His 25-year-old son was fined $4000 for two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm arising from the incident and was granted a spent conviction.

The father and son were scheduled to appear in the Fremantle Magistrate's Court this week but admitted the offences when their cases were brought forward.

Some of the charges related to an assault against a male crowd controller who came to Ms Berry's assistance.

East Fremantle footballer Kym Monteath, the son of Richmond premiership captain Bruce Monteath, was also charged with assault over the incident and is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Ms Berry had been working as a bouncer for just eight months before the assault, sparked after the men were asked to leave the pub.

Ms Berry said she was grabbed by the back of her neck and then pulled around by Alan Quartermaine before being knocked to the ground when she was punched in the face by Joel Quartermaine.

She said she had started getting up when she was knocked unconscious by a blow delivered by Alan Quartermaine to her right eye.

The 37-year-old returned to work for a couple of days, but has since been on leave because of an unrelated medical procedure the week after the attack.

She said while her physical injuries had healed, she had become withdrawn since the assault.

"Emotionally it has been really quite hard and it is obviously a slow process and there is a long way to go for me," she said.

"I think it's important for people to realise the implications of all the violence that is going on in Perth at the moment.

"It's not just the face value of what physically happens."

But Ms Berry said she was determined to return to her job.

"I will go back because I don't want him to have won in that way," she said.

Ms Berry said she was not familiar with the criminal justice system but she was disappointed by the fines imposed.

The Quartermaines declined to comment when contacted this week.

A veteran of 108 WAFL games, Alan Quartermaine's career with East Perth stretched from 1969 to 1979, but he did not play in East Perth's premiership teams of 1972 or 1978.

He won the 1975 Sandover Medal by polling 16 votes.

The West Australian

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