As­sault leads to jail time

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

A MAN who punched his friend twice, caus­ing his head to hit the foot­path in a pool of blood, was sent to jail when he ap­peared in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day.

Duane An­der­son (37) pleaded guilty to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm and no au­thor­ity to drive.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Neville Palmer said An­der­son drove on a coun­try road in Pin­jarra on July 29 and a man and his girl­friend were pas­sen­gers.

Sergeant Palmer said the pas­sen­gers were telling An­der­son to slow down, An­der­son slammed on the brakes, and the man and woman ex­ited the ve­hi­cle.

An­der­son sped off but then re­turned and got out of the ve­hi­cle.

Sgt Palmer said An­der­son punched the man to the face and the vic­tim fell back, hit­ting his head on the foot­path. The vic­tim tried to get up and An­der­son punched him to the face again, caus­ing the vic­tim’s head to hit the ground in a small pool of blood.

Neigh­bours came out be­cause they heard the vic­tim’s head hit­ting the ground. The vic­tim was taken to hos­pi­tal with a frac­tured cheek bone and bruis­ing to his eyes, nose and the back of his head.

Sgt Palmer said An­der­son’s driver’s li­cence was can­celled for life due to drink driv­ing con­vic­tions.

Duty lawyer Claire Hay said the vic­tim was An­der­son’s long-term friend and he had been at the pub with his friend and his girl­friend.

She said there had been ar­gu­ing in the car and he feels dev­as­tated for what he had done. He spent a few days in the bush af­ter the in­ci­dent.

An­der­son was sen­tenced to six months and two weeks im­pris­on­ment for the as­sault and was fined $1000 and his driver’s li­cence was dis­qual­i­fied for a fur­ther nine months.

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