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Woman slashed in beer bottle braining

Melisa Manhas is confident plastic surgery will be able to repair the massive scars on her face caused by a Dec. 4 attack in the Roadhouse Pub. - Krista Siefken
Melisa Manhas is confident plastic surgery will be able to repair the massive scars on her face caused by a Dec. 4 attack in the Roadhouse Pub.
— image credit: Krista Siefken

Three deep gashes and one hundred stitches mar the side of Melisa Manhas’ otherwise flawless skin.

The painful-looking wounds are the product of a beer bottle Manhas alleges was senselessly smashed on her head, and dragged down her face.

“I don’t even remember hearing the bottle smash,” said Manhas, “but I know it broke over my head because that was the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life.”

Manhas, 22, had been out with a friend at the Roadhouse Pub just south of Duncan in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 4 when the incident occurred.

Cpl. Kevin Day, spokesman at the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said an officer was already at the scene on an unrelated matter when she came upon Manhas, who was described by the officer as “bleeding with three deep lacerations on the left side of her face.”

Manhas was transported to Cowichan District Hospital by ambulance.

Police, meanwhile, continue to investigate the matter and two women — ages 24 and 44 — in relation to the incident.

“No charges have been forwarded at this time,” said Day. “But there is an assault with a weapon investigation ongoing.”

Manhas is left to watch as her scars slowly heal, and wonder why she was attacked in such a violent manner.

She said she remembers only bits and pieces from the incident, but recalls standing near the door out of the establishment at the time of the alleged attack.

“I’d never seen them before in my life,” Manhas said of her alleged attackers.

“It wasn’t even an actual fight. Her friend pushed me, and I pushed her back because I knew it was an intentional push and there’s no reason for that, I’m not going to stand for it — and then it just came out of nowhere.”

She estimates the whole scene lasted 30 seconds.

“It was pretty much an unprovoked attacked,” said Manhas’ mom, Barb Doyle.

“And it’s devastating. Thank God it didn’t take her life. But we’re going to a really good plastic surgeon for her scars, so it looks bad now but the prognosis is good.”

Both are trying to stay positive, but tears inevitably fall when they dwell on the fight.

“It’s not right,” Manhas sobbed. “In no sense should people do this to somebody. It’s not fair. This shouldn’t happen to anyone.”

She says she won’t return to the scene where she received her scars — which is a further blow, considering she was an employee of the pub at the time of the fight, though she hadn’t been on-shift that evening.

“I worked there, but I won’t go back there now,” she said.

Doyle, meanwhile, cautioned Cowichanians to take care when taking in local nightlife.

“People these days are so aggressive — they’re so angry, they’re so vicious,” she said. “I want the police to find the girl who did this, and I want her held accountable.”

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