Suspended sentence for 26-year-old’s ‘coward punch’
COWARD punching another person on the main street of Airlie Beach resulted in a suspended sentence for a 26year-old Brisbane man.
It was 4.15am when Dino Ottaviano was walking along Shute Harbour Road trying to pick fights with people walking in the opposite direction the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court was told.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said Ottaviano followed his victim up the street after being told to “f**k off”.
She said he punched the victim in the head, causing him to hit the pavement and knocking him unconscious.
Ms Smith said shortly after 4.20am police found the victim lying in a large pool of blood. She said Ottaviano explained his actions by saying the victim had attacked him.
Defence solicitor Zoe Craven said Ottaviano had endured a hard life, including a brief period spent living on the streets.
She also explained Ottaviano had drunk at least six schooners of beer that night and promised he’d stopped drinking after this happened.
ex- changed, he believed (the) complainant was mouthing off at him,” she said, adding that in hindsight he accepted he had over-reacted and that he was in the wrong.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist maintained this was an unprovoked attack.
“We all know what one punch can resolve in and that’s someone’s death,” he said.
Ottaviano was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, wholly suspended for 27 months. He was also ordered to pay $500 compensation for the pain and suffering he caused.