Attacker jailed for assault
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.