Duo escape jail time
A FATHER and son who belted the partner of a family member who had been assaulted while in a violent relationship have narrowly escaped serving actual time behind bars.
Jamie Marcus Symonds, 22, and Michael Rodney Symonds, 49, pleaded guilty on Friday in Ipswich District Court to assault occasioning bodily harm.
The court heard the 'home invasion' type offence took place on November 1, 2014 at Redbank Plains.
Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand told the court the duo had gone to the address in Redbank Plains with the intent of assaulting one of the occupants.
He said the incident stemmed from their son and brother, Jai Symonds, telling their mother his partner had assaulted him.
"Both men went to the house with Jamie entering via the back door and Michael via the front," he said.
"They stormed through the house and eventually confronted Jai's partner, Shaun, who was up against a bedroom door.
"Shaun was pushed into the room and fell on a mattress."
Mr Le Grand said Jamie punched Shaun numerous times in the face and side of the head during the attack.
He said Michael also punched Shaun in the side of the head and threatened to kill him if he did not stay away from his son.
"They both left the house only to return a short time later with this time with Jai's mum in a bid to get him safely away from the house," he said.
"During this time Michael got into a struggle with a third party who had turned up to the house.
"Jamie involved himself in that struggle and punched the person in the side of the head and neck."
Jamie's defence barrister, Stephen Kissick, said his client was a young man who made a foolish decision.
He said he was simply sticking up for his older brother who was in a perilous situation.
"The victim did acknowledge he had acted violently toward Jai Symonds," he said.
"Ultimately my client and his father wanted to remove Jai from the situation he was in.
"His older brother was in trouble, and along with his father went to help him, but unfortunately went about things the wrong way."
Michael's barrister, Kate Juhasz, said her client had never been before the courts and was remorseful for his actions.
She said it was her client's intent to remove his son from the situation but things got out of hand.
Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren sentenced both men to 12 months behind bars.
But he ordered they be released on immediate parole.
"It is only good fortune on your behalf the injuries to your victim were not severe," he said.
"There is no place in our society for people to take the law into their own hands."
Jai Symonds was not in court supporting his father and brother.