Bash victim Mathew Clayton after being attacked by Craig Cameron in July last year. Cameron was jailed for the attack yesterday.
Bash victim Mathew Clayton after being attacked by Craig Cameron in July last year. Cameron was jailed for the attack yesterday. File

New father sent to jail

AFTER a gruelling seven-hour wait yesterday Craig Donald Cameron received the news that he would be spending the first six months of his daughter's life behind bars.

On Friday a jury found the 30-year-old guilty of attacking a Hervey Bay couple in their home last year but sentencing was adjourned for the weekend so he could be at the birth of his child.

The five-day trial returned three not guilty verdicts on two other assault charges and one count of burglary but Cameron was convicted of assaulting Sharlene Clayton and taking to her husband with a bat.

The event occurred on July 24 last year after Cameron entered the home following an altercation earlier that evening.

Defence barrister Joshua Fenton had suggested that his client never intended any criminality when he returned to the house.

He said Cameron knocked on the door, was invited in and then "became enraged" when he saw Mr Clayton inside his own home, picked up the fish donger and attacked him.

He also urged the court to allow immediate parole for Cameron as time in custody after the birth of his baby would be an "extreme hardship".

Late yesterday afternoon Judge Marshall Irwin sentenced Cameron to 12 months in prison for the assault on Mr Clayton and six months for the assault on Mrs Clayton to be served concurrently.

He will be eligible for parole on April 23 next year.


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