‘Lookout’ released on parole after hearing
A MAN who acted as “lookout” while his friend assaulted a man has been released from prison on parole.
Benjamine Jason Dobing appeared via video link in Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and entering a dwelling with intent.
The 42-year-old, who was already in custody, said he was extremely remorseful and was only acting as lookout when the assault happened, on September 7, in Jubilee Pocket.
Elizabeth Smith, for the prosecution, said Dobing and the co-accused entered Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat at 8.15pm, just as the victim was preparing to shower.
The co-accused said to the victim “I heard you called me a dickhead” and then punched him, the court heard. He continued punching and kicking when the victim fell to the ground.
When CIB spoke to the victim later, he said he felt serious discomfort and pain.
Two days later, on September 9, Dobing and his co-accused were picked up on Cannonvale’s Coral Esplanade and taken to the watch house.
Duty lawyer Antoinette Morton said Dobing had a strict Jehovah Witness background and lived in Tasmania for a long time, where he has two children.
“He returned to Queensland following the break-up of his relationship,” she said. “He is currently doing his Year 10 certificate and intends to continue with it. He has had various jobs including being a butcher and tyre fitter. He is extremely remorseful and he accepts alcohol was affecting him.”
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said it was a very serious incident.
“You have criminal history in four states, so that’s not something that goes in your favour,” he said.
“You felt you were aggrieved but you should not mete out justice. Assault is significant and the issue of deterrence is always a feature. You talk about getting help and rehabilitating but I wonder if you will follow through.”
Mr Stjernqvist said a period of imprisonment was appropriate and sentenced Dobing to nine months for both charges, to be served concurrently, with a parole release date of that day, as Dobing had already served three months in custody.