Canadian Woman Brutally Attacked By Boxer In Mexico
Jamie Coutts has undergone reconstructive surgery after being attacked while on vacation.
A woman from Vancouver, Canada is recovering after a brutal beating outside a bar in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Jamie Coutts was with friends in the Caribbean resort town in December 2021 when she said a man approached them in the Coyote Lounge Bar and wouldn’t stop bothering them. Coutts and her friend said they told the man to leave them alone and thought he was leaving, but instead, he began attacking them.
Coutts was beaten unconscious in the assault. Her friend suffered a cut to the back of her head.
She sought help from Mexican physicians who told her that her nose was broken in several places and the damage extended to the bone around her eye. The attack also left her with a broken tooth and a concussion. According to a GoFundMe organized by a friend of Coutts’, doctors were initially unwilling to let the woman fly home to Canada for surgery because of the seriousness of her injuries. Mexican doctors weren’t sure they could save Coutts’s eye without immediate and costly surgery.
She was finally cleared to fly on December 11 and went straight to the hospital after arriving home in Vancouver. A 2.5-hour surgery rebuilt her nose, though Coutts wrote in a GoFundMe update that a second surgery is a possibility if her nose is still misshapen after the swelling finally goes down.
“The hope is that as the swelling goes down my nose will appear more straight and hopefully those pieces of jagged bones won’t be too much of a concern to me but if they are then will definitely talk about a second surgery. He [the surgeon] also said that my eye looks great and my scars are looking great and to continue using the scar cream that I’ve been using. He talked about my pupils being different sizes and being a normal side effect of the trauma that had happened to my eye, “ Coutts wrote in an update.
Her attacker was identified as Peter Nowaczek, a boxer from Toronto. He was arrested by Mexican authorities.
This was not Coutts’s first brush with an aggressive man—in March 2021, she recorded a video of a man stalking her through the streets of Vancouver.
In that instance, Coutts realized a man was following her as she walked around the same block several times, and he continued following her even as she began to make a video of him Eventually, she went to a crowded skatepark where some skateboarders stayed with her until the man gave up and walked away. Police did arrest a suspect in that case, but a Canadian court later dropped those charges.
Coutts recounted her terrifying encounter with the stalker in season two of ID's Crimes Gone Viral, available with a cable subscription. Season one is streaming on discovery+.