Tough stance taken on one punch as­sault

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A FOR­EIGN na­tional who as­saulted a man in the Air­lie Beach la­goon car park will spend the next nine months be­hind bars.

Ma­teusz Ma­ciej Pos­tol­ski ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day via a tele­phone link with the Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre where he was al­ready in cus­tody.

He pleaded guilty to charges of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, wil­ful dam­age, pos­sess­ing a knife in a pub­lic place, con­tra­ven­ing a po­lice re­quire­ment and breach­ing his bail.

On De­cem­ber 23, Pos­tol­ski was in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion with a trav­el­ling part­ner who had kissed a girl within the group.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said Pos­tol­ski be­came “en­raged”, punch­ing his vic­tim to the ground and kick­ing him to the face.

She said the vic­tim sus­tained bruis­ing, swelling and cuts to his face, as well as cuts to his el­bows and knees.

Pos­tol­ski also ad­mit­ted dam­ag­ing an Ap­ple iPhone be­long­ing to the girl.

On his ar­rest he gave a false name and po­lice found a small blue-han­dled knife in his pos­ses­sion.

The court heard that some time prior to these of­fences, Pos­tol­ski was sup­posed to ap­pear in the South­port Mag­is­trate’s Court on an un­re­lated charge for which he failed to show up.

While Pos­tol­ski ar­gued he should not be in prison “with these killers and car thieves and rob­bers”, mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist re­minded him the as­sault was a se­ri­ous one.

Mr St­jern­qvist said in his opin­ion, sen­tences for this type of of- fend­ing should carry penal­ties that acted as a de­ter­rent to both the of­fender and the com­mu­nity at large.

He re­ferred to the most re­cent ‘one punch’ tragedy where a man in Mooloolaba was killed over the weekend, a 21-year-old man im­pris­oned for the of­fence “and two fam­i­lies ru­ined”.

Pos­tol­ski was sen­tenced to a to­tal of 18 months im­pris­on­ment, to be sus­pended for two years af­ter serv­ing nine months. For the con­tra­vene and breach of bail, he re­ceived $220 and $330 fines.

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