Rockhampton man jailed for assault after brutal attack

A NIGHT out on the town could've turned deadly for the victim of a brutal attack, which earned Ricky Neil Zizza more jail time.

Zizza, 18, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to one charge of assault, in the company of others, causing bodily harm.

This followed an April beating near Flamingo's nightclub.

Police Prosecutor Julie Marsden said Zizza joined in the assault and was drunk at the time.

The court heard the victim, a 41-year-old man, inappropriately touched a woman inside Flamingo's nightclub.

This motivated the woman to pursue the victim, in a bid to confront him about his actions.

When Zizza caught wind of the confrontation, he joined his co-accused in setting upon the victim.

Ms Marsden said Zizza kicked his victim's body four times. When the latter fell to the ground, Zizza honed in and punched his head several times.

The court head Zizza left the scene, before returning and delivering more punches and kicks.

The victim received a gash on his scalp and several bruises to the head.

Zizza's solicitor Matthew Heelan said his client became utterly remorseful when he saw blood coming from the victim.

He also said Zizza became involved with a Rockhampton community organisation as a dancer and dance instructor.

Magistrate Cameron Press sentenced Zizza to nine months in prison.

He will be released on parole on July 25.


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