At­tacker jailed for as­sault

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

A MAN who punched an­other man in the face dur­ing a brick as­sault in Smart Street Mall in April has been jailed for eight months.

Travis Hugh Payne pleaded guilty to com­mon as­sault when he ap­peared in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Ta­mara Read said Payne ap­proached a vic­tim with his fists raised.

She said Payne punched the man in the face with a closed fist and stood over him.

The court was told other peo­ple were also charged with at­tack­ing the man, and a woman who came to help.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Read said a brick was thrown at the male vic­tim and he re­quired five sta­ples.

Payne was not re­spon­si­ble for those in­juries.

Sen Const Read said a co-ac­cused was charged with the as­sault on the fe­male vic­tim, who sus­tained a frac­tured skull and a per­fo­rated eardrum.

Duty lawyer Clare Hay said Payne was not the main in­sti­ga­tor and he had weighed in on the dis­pute.

She said al­co­hol was in­volved and Payne had only met the co-ac­cused that night.

“For some un­known rea­son he be­came in­volved,” Ms Hay said.

She said Payne ac­knowl­edged he be­came an­gry when drink­ing and he has com­pleted an al­co­hol pro­gram and coun­selling.

Payne was em­ployed as a fly-in, fly-out worker.

Mag­is­trate Anne Long­den said Payne had a sim­i­lar mat­ter on his record in 2016 in­volv­ing al­co­hol and Payne be­ing out at night.

Payne will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

The co-ac­cused men, a Dud­ley Park man (23) and a Bea­cons­field man (19), are due to ap­pear in Perth District Court in Jan­uary.

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