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No jail for two knock out attacks in less than week

A MAN convicted for bashing two people in separate incidents less than a week apart has avoided jail.

Tyson Joel Wylie, 26, was heavily intoxicated when he crossed Ocean St in Maroochydore and knocked a man unconscious by punching him three times at 2.51am on September 26.

The violent attack came less than a week after Wylie knocked a man unconscious with one punch during an early morning incident on Cavill Ave in Surfers Paradise on September 20.

He pleaded guilty to the Gold Coast incident the next day to be fined $1500 and warned to walk away next time he was faced with confrontation.

Tyson Joel Wylie (in blue t-shirt and jeans) is supported by family and friends as he leaves Maroochydore watchhouse.
Tyson Joel Wylie (in blue t-shirt and jeans) is supported by family and friends as he leaves Maroochydore watchhouse. Stuart Cumming

Police prosecutor Tegan Smith told Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning the Sunshine Coast incident came after Wylie and his victim had been in a verbal argument at a nightclub and then at a kebab shop.

Ms Smith said there had been no contact between Wylie and the victim for about five minutes when Wylie crossed the street and jumped a rail to hit the victim with three hook punches.

She said the third knocked the man unconscious.

The attack caused bruises, cuts and small fractures to the man's face.

"It is sheer luck only they (injuries) are not more serious," Ms Smith said.

Wylie was arrested and had remained in police custody until today.

His defence barrister Simone Bain tendered 13 references from family, friends, work colleagues and an old school teacher to give Magistrate Madsen insight into her client's character.

She said the fly-in fly-out worker was acting out of character when he attacked the man.

Ms Bain said her client had separated from his wife and was not a regular drinker.

Wylie's wife, mother, aunt, brother-in-law and two uncles were among the supporters in court who travelled from New Zealand and Western Australia for today's sentence.

Ms Bain said her client recoiled when played back footage of what he had done and was embarrassed and ashamed of his actions.

He acknowledged he could have killed his victim and wanted to show his remorse through compensation.

Mr Madsen noted Wylie had not enjoyed his 17 days in custody and was a minimal risk of re-offending.

He said Wylie was physically "a very strong man" and it was only good luck that he hadn't done more damage in his attack.

Wylie was sentenced to 24 months in jail, suspended immediately for a period of three years.

He was also ordered to pay his victim $5000 compensation.

Topics:  alcohol fueled violence assault maroochydore ocean st punch sunshine coast taxi rank


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