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'Gay' sailor remarks spark attack

A MAN king hit another man in the head after becoming upset when the victim made derogatory comments including mimicking the actions of a YMCA song to a group of sailors.

Bonn Henry Munn Tamehana, 31, had marked Anzac Day at the Goodna RSL last year with his sister and her boyfriend.

Tamehana and the boyfriend went outside when a group of 10 sailors, in uniform, also headed out.

The victim started calling the sailors "gay" and singing a YMCA song at them.

Tamehana told security staff about the man's behaviour.

The man was evicted and Tamehana, his sister, their father, the victim and a cousin went back to the father's house at Goodna.

As the group got out of the car, the victim became increasingly obnoxious and tried to get Tamehana to find somewhere else to drink.

Tamehana punched him once to the head, causing him to directly hit the concrete and sustain facial fractures.

When police attended the scene Tamehana was holding a broken shovel handle but was immediately co-operative.

The victim was rushed to Ipswich Hospital at 11am.

In the ward at 1.05pm, he slipped into unconsciousness and began choking on his own blood.

Ipswich District Court heard the man's condition was life-threatening and if not treated with a tube inserted into his trachea he would have died or been left with permanent brain injuries.

Tamehana yesterday pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm.

He was sentenced to two years jail to be suspended after serving six months for an operational period of three years.

Defence barrister Peter Sloane said the victim had drunk 30 cans of XXXX Gold leading up to the incident.

Mr Sloane said Tamehana understood he shouldn't have reacted in such a way but his father had been a serviceman and he was greatly insulted by the victim's comments.

Tamehana is a father of two with a good work history and no convictions for violence.

Judge Sarah Bradley said it was lucky the victim had not been killed by Tamehana's "one punch".

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