News

Attack earns prison threat

AN IPSWICH man bashed two other men after they complained about his behaviour outside a nightclub.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Hamish Kevin O'Brien, 22, had been creating a nuisance outside the Brisbane St nightclub when two men walked past.

The court heard the men complained about O'Brien's drunken behaviour.

O'Brien chased the victims to their car and king hit one in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.

While down, O'Brien continued to punch the man and also assaulted the other man.

Prosecutor Constable Tracey Laing said the attack was unprovoked and cowardly.

Const Laing said people had a right to feel safe on the streets no matter what time of day or night.

O'Brien pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm in company, common assault and wilful damage.

The court heard O'Brien kicked in a window at Fatseas Take Away on Warwick Rd, Ipswich, on August 12.

He was ordered to pay $2970 to fix the damage.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum said innocent people were entitled to go about their business without being assaulted. "It was atrocious and appalling behaviour," Ms MacCallum said.

She warned him he could have killed the victim, saying all it took was for the head to hit the concrete at the wrong angle to cause serious damage or death.

"No-one forced you to get drunk," she said. She said random attacks in the street made victims more fearful to go out or come to the aid of someone else.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said since the incident O'Brien had moved in with his father, found full-time employment and had stopped drinking.

Mr Fairclough said his client couldn't recall a great deal from the night but was horrified to hear about what he had done.

O'Brien was sentenced to eight months prison, wholly suspended for 18 months, and placed on 18 months probation.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm, ipswich magistrates court




Sentencing in "complex" live-baiting case pushed back

A protester outside Ipswich courthouse where Tom Noble will be sentenced on animal cruelty charges.

Racing identity Tom Noble to learn his fate next Tuesday

Trusted Ipswich GP's emotional exit after 40 years

NEW LIFE AHEAD: Dr John Jackson of Grange Road Medical Centre is retiring.

Dr Jackson has never kissed so many women

Sergeant Kuhrt recognised for stellar service

Sergeant Lindsay Kuhrt receiving the National Medal 1st Clasp from Deputy Commissioner Peter Martin and Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright.Photo: Contributed

Rosewood policeman a legend in his community

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'


This week's community billboard

Want to get involved in gardening? The Glebe Rd Uniting Church Garden Club meets first Saturday of each month.

Toastmaster, Tai Chi, Scouts, the Men's Shed and more

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m