A police cruiser blocks the road in Calgary, Alberta.
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The victim of a vicious beating and stabbing outside a Calgary community hall two years ago is suing his alleged attackers for more than $1 million.
In a statement of claim obtained Thursday by QMI Agency, Igor Vasiljevic says he was left comatose after he tried to intervene during a dispute in the parking lot of the Acadia Recreation Centre.
Vasiljevic's court document alleges he was attacked by Miran Kotur and Bojan Babic outside the southeast complex.
His claim states the Oct. 16, 2010, incident began when Babic and Kotur got into an argument, firstly with Vasiljevic and then with a couple who had given him a ride.
The man and woman, who aren't named, asked the two defendants to stop blocking the exit and as a result had their vehicle vandalized, it claims, adding Babic also threw a cigarette at the woman.
"The plaintiff asked Bojan to stop and without provocation the defendants attacked the plaintiff," his lawsuit says.
"The defendants repeatedly kicked and punched him over the upper part of (his) body, when the plaintiff was defenceless and curled up in a ball."
Unable to get up by himself, Vasiljevic needed assistance to get to the nearby vehicle.
"Bojan then took out a knife and attacked the plaintiff from behind and stabbed him in the chest through a main artery and the right lung," it alleges. "As a result of the egregious, aggravated and unprovoked attack, the plaintiff was hospitalized -- his heart stopped and he had to be revived."
It states Vasiljevic was in a coma for several weeks and suffered multiple skull fractures, "dramatic brain injury" and other wounds in the assault.
Both Babic and Kotur, both of Edmonton, have been ordered to stand trial for aggravated assault, while Babic faces an additional charge of attempted murder.
Their scheduled for a Court of Queen's Bench arraignment on Oct. 26.
Statements of defence disputing the unproven claim have not been filed.