Jail for assault
A MOSSMAN man who kicked a woman in the head with steel cap boots until she bled from the ear was sentenced to two years’ jail at the Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Lennie Anthony Ball, 38, pleaded guilty to one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault for the bashing at Mossman on February 18.
The court heard Ball flew into a jealous rage after he saw the woman with another man and set upon the pair, repeatedly kicking the woman in the head while wearing the steel cap boots.
He continued to assault her even after she became unconscious and lay defenceless on the ground, then turned and punched the man in the jaw.
The woman was taken by ambulance to Cairns Base Hospital bleeding from the ear and suffering bruising and abrasions but did not sustain any long-term injuries.
Ball’s defence solicitor Richard O’Shane agreed with the prosecution that the facts were concerning.
‘‘The only word I could use to describe his state of mind at the time is enraged,’’ Mr O’Shane said.
The court also heard of Ball’s criminal history, which included bashing his sister using a star picket for which he received six months’ jail.
Magistrate Joe Pinder said he hoped Ball’s punishment would deter him from committing similar offences.
He described the February attack as vicious and completely unprovoked’’.
‘‘You have thus far not been deterred from committing violent offences,’’ he said. ‘‘You assaulted her in the most vicious way. ‘‘You kicked her . . . in circumstances where she could not protect herself.’’
Ball was sentenced to two years imprisonment and is eligible for parole on October 1.