Man claims loss of taste, smell in bar ejection

A P.E.I. man is suing a popular Halifax bar, claiming he lost his senses of taste and smell for good while being forcibly removed.

A P.E.I. man is suing a popular Halifax bar, claiming he was seriously injured and lost his sense of taste and smell while being forcibly removed.

Ian Ronald Drummond says his skull was fractured in three places after he was bounced from the Cheers Burger Emporium and Lounge, part of The Dome, in January 2010.

In a statement of claim against the bar and some of its staff, the 23-year-old Freetown man says he has permanently lost the ability to taste or smell.

"There's a loss of nostalgia. Smells bring back a lot of good memories," said Drummond's lawyer, Wayne Bacchus.

"There's also a loss of security. Smells and taste alert us to something that's bad: to get out of the house because there's a fire, don't eat that food because it's bad. Sometimes you taste something and you're not sure. You spit it out. My client has lost that."

Drummond says on the night of the incident, he was escorted to the front door of the bar by two staff bouncers. He says a third man grabbed him and threw him head first about three metres onto the sidewalk.

That third man, Jonathan Lawrence Briggs, pleaded guilty last month to assault causing bodily harm. He'll be sentenced next month.

Drummond claims Briggs was a de facto staff member, or unofficial backup bouncer, on that night.

No one from the bar was prepared to speak with CBC News about the case. No defence has been filed.

None of Drummond's allegations has been proven in court.