$5000 night out

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A ONE-PUNCH style attack in the Air­lie Beach Safe Night Precinct al­most re­sulted in a term of im­pris­on­ment for a 27-year-old man.

Luke Wil­liam Dar­ren God­frey ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court this week to plead guilty to a charge of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm in public while ad­versely af­fected by an in­tox­i­cat­ing sub­stance.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said God­frey had known his vic­tim for about two years and was out drink­ing and so­cial­is­ing with him on the night of Fe­bru­ary 12.

At 10.20pm, the pair started to ar­gue while in the smok­ing area at KC’s. The court was told God­frey grabbed his friend around the throat and the pair started to “wres­tle”.

Ms Smith said af­ter they had been sep­a­rated, the vic­tim tried to shake hands and apol­o­gise but God­frey punched him in the mouth, split­ting his lip and ren­der­ing him un­con­scious af­ter he fell back and hit the foot­path with his head.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with po­lice on Fe­bru­ary 23, God­frey said he couldn’t be­lieve what he’d done and apol­o­gised re­peat­edly.

De­fence solic­i­tor Sher­rie Meade said there was “his­tory” be­tween the two men and “quite a bit of al­co­hol [con­sumed] on both par­ties’ sides”. She said the fi­nal straw was a re­mark the vic­tim would have known was a “red flag” and she sub­mit­ted God­frey was “not a vi­o­lent per­son Your Hon­our”.

“He’s ex­tremely re­morse­ful and he’s so thank­ful noth­ing more se­ri­ous hap­pened,” she said. Mag­is­trate Ron Muir­head said it was well pub­li­cised that th­ese sorts of at­tacks “can re­sult in per­sons ac­tu­ally dy­ing”.

He said in his view, courts had a duty to im­pose an ap­pro­pri­ate penalty to dis­cour­age this sort of be­hav­iour oth­er­wise “it sends the wrong mes­sage”.

God­frey was in tears by the time pri­son was men­tioned but Mr Muir­head said he took into ac­count his young age and lack of crim­i­nal his­tory.

God­frey was fined $2000, or­dered to pay $3000 and com­plete 60 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Mr Muir­head noted he was about to travel to France to be with his fi­ancé but he recorded the con­vic­tion nonethe­less.

“I don’t know how that’s go­ing to af­fect your visa but the fact is you’ve only got your­self to blame,” he said.

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