Sentenced for assault

A MAN who fractured another man's jaw in two places with a bag of alcohol cans in 2008 was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with immediate parole release in the Emerald Children's Court on Monday.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips told the court on the night of March 8, 2008, the man, who was a child at the time and therefore cannot be named, went to a Palm Pl home with the intention of having a few drinks with the residents.

But after being told to leave, the man refused and an argument broke out between the two parties. Swear words were exchanged and the man, 16 years old at the time, swung a bag with a number of alcohol cans, hitting the man in the face and fracturing his jaw in two places.

The defendant ran from the scene. The victim went to the Emerald hospital, where x-rays revealed he needed urgent surgery to insert titanium plates.

Defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand told the court his client had a troubled childhood, but had worked hard in the past years to correct his life and stay out of legal trouble.

Mr Ahlstrand argued against the Crown's sentencing submission of 15 months prison with immediate parole.

Judge Michael Noud gave regard to the defendant's age at the time and his personal circumstances, as well as the guilty plea to the assault occasioning bodily harm charge, before handing down his sentence of 12 months jail with immediate parole.

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