Tough stance taken on one punch assault
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.