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Man pleads guilty to vicious one punch attack in the city

A MAGISTRATE has given a man who drunkenly punched another in the head pictures of his victim's injuries and told him to put it on his wall and thank his lucky stars he was not facing more serious charges.

Goodna man Michael Peter Ryan, 27, pleaded guilty on Monday in Ipswich Magistrates Court to two counts of assault causing bodily harm while in company.

The court heard Ryan had been out drinking on September 26, 2015 with his boss when they approached two people in Brisbane CBD and punched them in the head for no apparent reason.

Sergeant Jo Colston told the court CCTV footage had captured the assault during the early hours of the morning near Gardens Point Rd. Ryan could be seen approaching his victim, his victim backing off, the victim falling to the ground and Ryan running away.

The victim was knocked unconscious in the attack and sustained injuries to his face and head.

Ryan's legal representative told the court he was extremely remorseful for his action and had started undergoing counselling.

"He acknowledges he has an issue with alcohol which can affect his behaviour," she said. "He has limited criminal history and has no entries for violence."

Magistrate Deborah Vasta was scathing of Ryan's actions and told him he was fortunate his victim did not fall and hit his head in the attack.
 

Cole Miller, back, and his brother Billy. Cole died in hospital after an alleged one-punch attack in Brisbane's inner city.
Cole Miller, back, and his brother Billy. Cole died in hospital after an alleged one-punch attack in Brisbane's inner city.

She told Ryan his victim had since lost his job, his partner, had put his studies on hold and has had to undergo numerous surgeries since the attack.

"You would have had to be living under a rock not to understand your actions could have caused this person's death," she said.

"Only recently we saw the death of Cole Miller in Fortitude Valley under very similar circumstances.

"What is more concerning is you were that drunk you do not remember much from the incident at all.

"You are very, very fortunate the person you assaulted did not fall, hit his head and was killed.

"It would have been a very different ball game for you if he had."

Magistrate Vasta sentenced Ryan to four months behind bars but ordered he be released on immediate parole.

She said the law required her to take into account the fact Ryan's co-accused received a similar sentence on November 26, 2015 in Beenleigh Magistrates Court - a sentence she described as being extremely lenient.

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