Asperger syndrome no excuse for 'appalling' attack
A YOUNG Gympie pensioner has been warned he faces jail, regardless of his autism, after what a magistrate described as an "appalling" assault.
Gympie magistrate M Baldwin told Nathan Cutter, 26, any repetition of his violent behaviour would see him leaving the court room by the cell door.
"You would be going out that door," she said, "if not for your relatively clear history with nothing for seven years."
Cutter pleaded guilty to assaulting a young woman and wilfully damaging a screen door.
The court was told Cutter and the woman were flatmates. She had locked herself in the bathroom until police arrived, after Cutter grabbed her around her throat, threw her to the floor, kicked her and hit her across the face.
Cutter had Asperger syndrome and had trouble "apprehending what's going on," the court was told.
Describing the assault of "appalling," Mrs Baldwin said Cutter's difficulties were no excuse.
"Do you think you can just bash up a girl and that's OK?"
She sentenced Cutter to one month's jail suspended for a 12 months probation period and $88 restitution.