Teen to pay $3000 for as­sault

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A DISTRICT court judge has warned a for­mer Air­lie Beach teen that the pun­ish­ment for "one punch" at­tacks will get "tougher and tougher".

Judge Julie Dick said her sen­tenc­ing op­tions in the District Chil­dren's Court in Mackay were "limited" and handed down a 12-month pro­ba­tion or­der to the 17-year-old who caused more than $6000 of den­tal dam­age to the vic­tim he punched.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Matthew Hynes said that on De­cem­ber 1 the vic­tim and the teen were speak­ing at a party in Strathdickie.

Mr Hynes said the vic­tim leant over to see a nearby car be­fore the teen punched him to the side of the face, caus­ing lac­er­a­tions and a split tooth.

He said the teen then called out "you're soft" and "I'm not apol­o­gis­ing to no one". It cost the vic­tim's fam­ily $6490 to re­pair the dam­age to his teeth.

"It wasn't ag­gra­vated… the se­ri­ous­ness of the in­juries can't be over­looked," Mr Hynes said. "It was an un­pro­voked… as­sault." De­fence bar­ris­ter Bron­wyn Hartigan said while there was no ex­cuse for her client's be­hav­iour, "al­co­hol was in­volved".

Judge Dick ques­tioned the teen about his rea­sons for the at­tack, say­ing "I still don't know why you did this".

"You're a bit older now… do you read the pa­pers?" she said.

"Do you read… about the king hits? People have been killed."

She said one punch at­tacks were in­creas­ingly be­ing pre­sented be­fore the court.

"It's this new idea that people sud­denly hit people out of the blue… it's un­pleas­ant,” she said.

The teen was given nine months to pay $3000 in com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tim.

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