Aggressive visitor lays into man

A MAN unleashed a vicious and prolonged assault on another man in his own home after being invited back there by the victim to watch television.

Scott Andrew Darby, 27, was invited to an Ipswich home by an acquaintance on October 13 last year.

After spending some time there, the victim's female housemate became offended by Darby's verbally abusive and aggressive manner.

Ipswich District Court heard the woman asked Darby to leave but he refused and slapped her across the face.

He then laid into the male victim, first grabbing him around the neck and punching him into a wall. Darby repeatedly punched the victim in the face before the man managed to escape out onto the street.

Darby ran after him and caught him in the middle of the road.

The victim fell to the ground and Darby continued to kick him in the face and body with his knees and fists.

The attack only came to an end when witnesses were able to pull Darby off the victim.

Darby walked down the street yelling until police arrived and he was arrested for public nuisance.

This charge was later upgraded when police realised what he'd done.

Darby pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and was sentenced to 12 months in prison with immediate parole.

Defence barrister Geoffrey Seaholme told the court his client had developed a drinking problem about four years ago and had blackouts every now and then.

Mr Seaholme said Darby had no recollection of the event and feared his drink might have been spiked on the night of the offence.

Judge Bradley noted the assault was unprovoked, and unleashed on a man who had invited Darby into his home.



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