Di Patston
Di Patston

Former Wallabies staffer tried to sue over spider bite

THE former Wallabies staffer embroiled in the Kurtley Beale controversy once tried to sue an employer for hundreds of thousands of dollars after she alleged she was bitten by a spider while getting coffee.

Documents lodged with the Queensland Supreme Court state Di Patston had been working as an administrative officer with the then Maroochy Shire Council on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in 2003 when she alleged she was bitten by a spider on the upper thigh.

The court documents, which show Patston was employed 11 years ago by a local shire council, appear to contradict Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie's statement that she had previously worked for 13 years for the Queensland Government.

The documents were part of a legal claim Patston took in 2008 alleging that as a result she had suffered major depressive episodes and panic  and lymphoedema, which involves the failure of the lymphatic system, a condition whereby parts of the body become swollen.

Patston's lawyers alleged in a statement of claim that she was bitten while attending a meeting in a recently renovated building in June 2003. 

The statement of claim said she had looked into a cupboard in a kitchen area seeking to find some coffee and then she returned to the meeting room and sat down when she suffered a spider bite to the upper thigh.

More on this at Brisbanetimes.com.au

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