Driver pays for at­tack

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

A GOLD Coast me­chanic re­peat­edly punched an­other man in the face after crash­ing his car over a round­about in an al­co­hol-fu­elled at­tack in Up­per Coomera.

Jamie Ryan Craw­ford, 27, drove over the mid­dle of a round­about in Con Brio Blvd on Novem­ber 11, 2016 after drink­ing at a birth­day party.

The at­tack sent a man to hos­pi­tal for a day, re­quir­ing surgery to a frac­tured eye socket and 12 stitches to a cut on his face.

Craw­ford pleaded guilty yes­ter­day in South­port District Court to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm and dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Judge David Kent sen­tenced him to 18 months prison with im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease and or­dered he pay the vic­tim $4000 in com­pen­sa­tion.

He was also dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for six months.

“It was un­pro­voked, sus­tained vi­o­lence,” Mr Kent said.

The court was told that after the crash some res­i­dents fol­lowed Craw­ford’s car to take down the li­cence plate and saw him try­ing to jump a fence.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Stephanie Gal­lagher said a man, 46, tried to calm Craw­ford but was punched in the face a num­ber of times. The man man­aged to get Craw­ford into a head­lock and re­leased him when he stopped strug­gling. Craw­ford again re­peat­edly punched the man to the face and when the man fell to the ground Craw­ford kept punch­ing.

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