Revenge attack costs $2000
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.