News

Schoolboy beaten for laughing

A MAN viciously bashed a schoolboy sitting in a bus stop because he thought the student had been laughing at him.

Zacherie Aiden Pearce, 21, saw the boy and his girlfriend sitting in the bus stop on Warwick Rd, Ipswich.

The couple was watching a DVD through a portable player and as they erupted in laughter, Pearce ran from across the street to confront them.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Pearce accused the couple of "laughing at him" and said "you're a gangster - I'll smash you".

The victim and his girlfriend tried to flee, saying they didn't want to fight, but Pearce gave chase.

He grabbed the victim's face and threw a mighty uppercut at the victim's jaw.

Pearce then grabbed the schoolboy around the throat in a headlock and started to choke him.

He applied pressure to the boy's airways until the child struggled for breath as his girlfriend screamed at Pearce to stop.

An off-duty police officer was refuelling his car at a nearby service station and saw the assault so ran over to break it up.

The 16-year-old victim sustained injuries to his face, neck and chest.

CCTV stills from inside the service station, where Pearce had been shortly before the attack, identified him as the offender.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said random and unprovoked attacks were becoming more prevalent in the community.

"It was disturbing - it was an unprovoked, premeditated and entirely random sustained attack," Snr Const Dick said.

"The victim was a student just using public transport on his way home from school. Members of the public are entitled to travel safely."

Pearce pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.

He was already on a suspended sentence for another offence of violence, committed only two months before this attack, which occurred on May 9.

Pearce's defence said he had an excellent work history.

Pearce was sentenced to nine months prison and released on immediate parole.

He was also ordered to pay $500 compensation to the victim.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm ipswich magistrates court



Police search for Ipswich man missing on Gold Coast

A 20-year-old Ipswich man has been reported missing.

POLICE are calling for public assistance to find the 20-year-old.

VIDEO: Truckies farewell driver killed on the job

Dallas Holland was killed on the Logan Mwy on January 10.

Dallas Holland's death rocks industry, sends new safety message

Local Partners

Mine halt after land caved in

JACK OF ALL TRADES: Harry Gee Stationer, News Agent, Picture Framer at North Ipswich.

Subsidence isolated residents

Jennifer Aniston wants to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is desperate to make a return to TV

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Ipswich house prices looking up in "seller's market”

Region's median house price climbed 1.4% to $325,000 and the median unit price fell 13.8% to $235,000 in the September quarter.

Median house price climbs 1.4% to $325,000 as unit price falls 13.8%

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Work to be done before Hungry Jack's opens

Roadworks outside the Hungry Jack's restaurant at Brassall must be completed before it opens.

Ipswich residents will have to wait for their Whoppers

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!