Jail for as­sault

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Caitlin Guil­foyle

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.

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