Drunk man’s torch attack leaves victim bleeding on road

STRIKING a passer-by in the head with a torch on the street during a drunken night out has left a Warwick man with a hefty hole in his wallet.

Carl Thomas Blows had been walking on Palmerin St about 1.05am, November 29, carrying a torch, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

As the 32-year-old crossed the street, a 20-year-old man had been crossing from the other side of the road and as they past each other on the street Blows had struck the other man once to the side of the head with the torch, police prosecutor Senior Constable Mike Robinson told the court.

Blows solicitor Nathan Bouchier told the court it appeared there may have been more to the incident as a witness had found his client sitting on the road and bleeding and two men walking away from the scene soon after the event.

The other parties involved had refused to make a police statement, he said.

Blows pleaded guilty to a charge of public nuisance arising from the incident as well as to possessing 3.2g of marijuana and 2g of a powdered substance suspected to have contained a measure of MDMA (ecstasy) and drug related utensils found during a police search of his Warwick home on December 15.

Mr Bouchier said the public nuisance offence was out of character for his client who had only a poor recollection of events that night as he had been drinking alcohol earlier in the evening.

He said his client's drug use may also have been at play and Blows had been seeing a pyschologist for a number of mental health issues.

His client had only limited criminal history, Mr Bouchier submitted.

Magistrate Damian Carroll convicted and fined Blows a total $1750.

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