Teen to pay $3000 for assault
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.