Man asked about $25,000 St Bernard before being bashed

AN AIR force veteran suffered facial fractures in a carpark bashing, but the real damage was emotional and psychological.

Brisbane District Court heard the serious assault on the 60-year-old man exacerbated a post-traumatic stress disorder and an acquired brain injury from his time in the Royal Air Force and made him fearful to venture out at night.

Brandon Luke Copier pleaded guilty on Monday to serious assault which the Crown described as "totally unnecessary" violence.

He was sentenced to 18 months jail with parole release after he has served five months.

Copier's mate had recognised a vehicle in the Morayfield Shopping Centre car park, near Caboolture, as his former employer's and claimed he owed him $1000.

The victim was returning to his truck when Copier approached him, asking about the $25,000 St Bernard dog waiting inside.

Copier even helped load groceries for the man before the exchange turned violent and he accused him of owing his friend money.

Copier threatened to kill the man's dog and steal his truck.

He delivered numerous punches to the face, head and chest area.

The victim got a few punches back himself but he came off worst.

The victim's dog bit Copier on the wrist trying to defend his owner.

Copier left and returned at least twice to either deliver more physical violence or verbal abuse.

The victim did not need surgery for the fractures which healed on their own.

The court heard Copier had a long history of community-based orders from the Caboolture courts for prior offending.


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