Prison term for king-hit punch in Air­lie

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A 21-YEAR-OLD man from Mo­ran­bah has been sen­tenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and or­dered to pay $23,560 in com­pen­sa­tion costs for an al­co­hol-in­duced king-hit punch, which hap­pened on the main street of Air­lie Beach about 12 months ago.

Cody John McLean pleaded guilty to the of­fence in the Mackay District Court last Wed­nes­day and cried as Crown pros­e­cu­tor Brendan Mant­tan de­tailed the night he punched a man, caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Mr Mant­tan said that on March 10, 2013, McLean walked over to a 23-yearold man stand­ing out­side Air­lie’s Evo­lu­tion night­club and started “pro­vok­ing” him. He said McLean’s girl­friend tried to calm him down be­fore he turned to the man’s friend and be­gan ar­gu­ing with him.

The court heard the vic­tim pushed McLean away from his friend and turned to walk away when he was punched to the side of the head.

Mr Mant­tan said the 23-year-old vic­tim, a pi­lot, was trans­ferred to Townsville Gen­eral Hospi­tal where he un­der- went surgery to el­e­vate a de­pressed skull frac­ture. “Death was prob­a­ble,” he said. Judge Brian Har­ri­son de­scribed the in­ci­dent as “se­ri­ous”.

“All the pub­lic­ity about one punch just doesn’t seem to stop any­one,” he said.

“Young people like you have to un­der­stand it’s not ma­cho, it’s not manly, it’s not tough, it’s down­right stupid.”

McLean was sen­tenced to two-and-ahalf years in prison, sus­pended af­ter serv­ing five months and op­er­a­tional for three years.

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