Russell Packer victim to meet Knights officials

Last updated 14:15 16/01/2014
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The victim of Russell Packer's drunken assault will meet Newcastle Knights officials after being disappointed by the NRL club's lack of support for his plight.

Expatriate New Zealander Enoka Time , 22, said he had contacted the Knights this week because he was upset at the club's handling of the aftermath of an incident that left him unconscious following an altercation with the former New Zealand Warriors and Kiwis prop in November.

Packer pleaded guilty to assaulting the part-time league player from Auckland and was jailed for two years by a magistrate in Sydney last week. He is appealing against his sentence.

The Knights terminated Packer's four-year contract on Monday after initially supporting their new recruit through the court process.

Knights chief executive Matt Gidley has agreed to meet Time, who wants an apology. The Newcastle Herald reported that he had requested "financial" assistance.

"All I said was I was after some acknowledgment for the victim, whether that was financial or otherwise," Time said.

"I didn't demand money. I didn't bribe them or anything along those lines."

Time, who was punched in the face by Packer and had his head stomped on, said there appeared to be no consideration of what he had endured when a dispute over cigarettes turned violent.

"All I've seen in the media is they [the Knights] looked like they were trying to defend him [Packer]," he said.

"As an NRL club, they are very heavily involved in the community. I was a little saddened that they did not acknowledge me in some kind of form ... acknowledge me as a victim."

The Knights said they tried to contact Time after the incident but were advised against it because of pending legal proceedings.

Time said the assault still affected his life and had changed the way he viewed "going out".

"I think about being put in a position where it could happen again. I feel more vulnerable now," he said.

Time suffered two facial fractures, cuts and severe bruising.

"I was very thankful I was able to walk away from that with a few fractures," he said.

"I'm happy to leave it behind and move on.

"I can't hold a grudge and keep thinking about it all the time."

Packer will be required to cover any payment Time receives from the New South Wales Victim Support Scheme.

New Zealanders resident in New South Wales are eligible for counselling, financial assistance for immediate needs, financial compensation for loss of income and a recognition payment based on the offence and trauma caused.

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