A teenager stabbed in the head with a heel has spoken out about his anger at his attacker's punishment after the horrific ordeal left him frightened for his life.
Kyle Johns, 19, was walking down Brisbane's Chinatown Mall in the early hours of February 23 on his way to a party with a friend when he was approached by Jazzmin Fry, 21.
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Video footage recorded by a bystander shows the teenager stepping back from the woman, who he believes was looking for a fight.
After chasing Johns while yelling obscenities, Fry stabbed him in the head with her heel. The ordeal left him badly injured and fearing for his life.
"I thought she was going to kill me," Johns, a first year law student, told news.com.au.
"I was covered in bruises; my head, forehead and stomach."
Johns needed to have his scalp stapled back together, but was eventually discharged.
Last week, Fry pleaded guilty to assault and was fined $250. However, no conviction was recorded - something that has angered Johns.
He believes the punishment would have been more severe if it had been a man who had attacked a woman.
"The scales of justice certainly swung in the woman's favour," he told news.com.au.
"If this was the other way around - a man had attacked a woman - I'd be in jail… I feel very let down."
Fry has since been fired from her job as a real estate property manager, and told Nine News that she was drunk and not "in the right mind frame" when the incident occurred.
"It was a drunken act," she said to Nine News. "It was my 21st birthday and it's not me. I don't know why I did that."
Johns' mother, Susan Johns, is also unimpressed with Fry’s punishment.
"I brought my son up to know how important respecting women is - he was taught never to raise a hand to a woman… He said, 'Mum, if I'd hit her I'd have been charged with assault. I'd be in jail'.
"I feel anger that she's got away with it - a $250 fine is ridiculous.
"He thinks the system is a joke."