Mate's drunken prank prompts vicious assault

POURING beer down a mate's trousers as a drunken prank turned ugly for a Toowoomba man when his beer-soaked mate turned and punched him in the face.

Michael William Reed, 24, and the complainant man, 24, had been out on the town on the night of November 27, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

The pair arrived back at the residence they shared with a woman friend about 5.45am and were outside when the mate poured beer down the back of Reed's trousers while he was bent over, police prosecutor Senior Constable Julia Wheaton said.

Reed stood up and punched the other man who fell to the ground hitting his head on concrete.

As the victim then tried to make a phone call, Reed had kicked the mobile phone out of his hand, damaging the phone, she said.

Reed waited with the victim until an ambulance took him to hospital where he was treated for a split lip, swollen face and bruising to the back of his head.

Reed had spent the 83 days since the incident in custody and appeared before the court by video link to the prison to plead guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and wilful damage.

His solicitor Brad Skuse said both men had been drinking on the night.

The woman who had the residence was like a sister to his client and she had a rule that they were not to return home drunk.

When the other man started making drunken comments and then spilt beer on him, Reed became upset but realised he had over-reacted, Mr Skuse submitted.

Not long before the incident his client had moved to Toowoomba for a fresh start and this was the first stable accommodation he had, he said.

His client had no offences of violence in his history and this matter was somewhat out of character for him, Mr Skuse told the court.

Magistrate Graham Lee sentenced Reed to nine months in jail, but declared the 83 days spent in custody as time served and ordered he be released on parole forthwith.

He was also ordered to pay $100 for the repair of the mobile phone.



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