Bashing victim gets $75k payout

A MAN who was beaten so badly that he now suffers post-traumatic dementia has been awarded $75,000 in compensation.

The Supreme Court in Brisbane heard Arthur Edward Webb was drinking with a friend at Brown’s Park, North Ipswich on June 15, 2005 when he was set upon by Leslie Albert Pates and Brendan James Davison.

Armed with an iron bar and chair leg, Pates and Davison – then aged 21 – bashed Mr Webb and his drinking friend until they were unconscious.

Mr Webb received a compound compressed skull fracture, bruises on the brain and part of his right ear was torn.

In addition to post-traumatic dementia, he also continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Pates and Davison were each jailed for eight years following a contested sentence hearing in Brisbane in 2007.

Davison claimed Mr Webb provoked him with a racial slur.

They were also declared serious violent offenders and will have to serve at least 80 per cent of the sentence behind bars.

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