Parole for attacker because he had 'matured'

A MAN dodged serving a jail sentence for an unprovoked attack at a Lockyer Valley house party which left his victim with facial injuries.

Jae Anthony Turner, 21, pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court on Friday to wilful damage and assault occasioning bodily harm in company.

The court heard Turner and two friends were drunk at a Helidon party at 2am on September 18, 2011, when they flipped a restored 1981 Holden Commodore.

It was written off with the roof caved in, windscreen smashed and damage done to windows on the door.

A man, not the owner of the car, came outside to see what was happening. Turner and the two co-offenders grabbed him and repeatedly punched him in the head.

The victim then fell to the ground and the trio continued to "lay into him".

The man suffered injuries to his face, ribs and knee.

Initially, Turner denied involvement in the assault or overturning the car when questioned by police.

Turner had a history of violence with previous convictions for assault occasioning bodily harm.

Justice Greg Koppenol described the assault as "unprovoked", but said since the 2011 incident Turner seemed to have matured.

"People are entitled to go to parties and social events and go home at the end of the night, not to the hospital," he said.

Justice Koppenol said he remembered sentencing Turner on an unrelated matter soon after the incident and believed he had since matured a great deal.

Turner was sentenced to 18 months' jail for assault occasioning bodily harm and six months for wilful damage. He was granted immediate parole.



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