Re­venge at­tack costs $2000

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

A MAN want­ing jus­tice af­ter los­ing a fight 12 months be­fore has cow­ard punched a for­mer mate and walked free from court.

Brett Ron­nie War­ren, 25, was con­victed and fined $2000 in Echuca Mag­is­trates Court last Tues­day af­ter plead­ing guilty to reck­lessly caus­ing in­jury.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Dave Ren­nie said the men were drink­ing separately with friends at a Kyabram ho­tel on June 10 this year, when War­ren walked up be­hind the vic­tim and punched him to the back of the head with­out warn­ing.

‘‘He then grabbed him from be­hind and they fell onto a bar stool. . . and grabbed his neck and shoul­ders in a hug,’’ he said.

‘‘The vic­tim was un­able to de­fend him­self and there was no rea­son or ex­cuse for the at­tack. It was com­pletely un­pro­voked.’’

The vic­tim suf­fered bruis­ing to the back of his head and headaches.

Dur­ing his in­ter­view, War­ren told po­lice he was as­saulted by the vic­tim and his friends at Kyabram’s Blue Brick Ho­tel 12 months be­fore.

‘‘He said ‘jus­tice wasn’t served 12 months ago’,’’ Snr Con­sta­ble Ren­nie said.

‘‘He told po­lice he had a bit to drink, be­tween six to 10 beers, and said ‘I didn’t think things through. I’m sorry for what I did’.’’

So­lic­i­tor Alan Dewis said al­co­hol had been an is­sue in his client’s life, con­sum­ing 12 drinks a day.

‘‘He’s cut that back sig­nif­i­cantly to three drinks a day,’’ he said.

With no prior as­sault con­vic­tions, Mr Dewis said the at­tack was out of char­ac­ter for War­ren, who was also re­morse­ful.

‘‘Twelve months be­fore, he was the vic­tim of an as­sault, but that does not ex­cuse the poor de­ci­sions he made that night,’’ he said.

Mag­is­trate John Mur­phy told War­ren there was too much vi­o­lence in so­ci­ety be­fore fin­ing him.

‘‘There was a young lad at a bus shel­ter re­cently who was hit and his head hit the ground and killed him,’’ he said.

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