David Stuart

Man brutally beats victim for sexy texts to ‘missus’

HE BROKE into his victim's home, stormed into where the man slept and beat him in an attack described as "brutal and deliberate".

And when it was finally done, he turned to his victim and said "stop texting my missus".

That's what the Rockhampton District Court heard yesterday when Kabra man Lawrence Clarke was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for beating the bloke who had been making sexual advances to his girlfriend.

Clarke, 47, pleaded guilty to common assault, burglary by breaking in and assault causing bodily harm.

The court heard that in March 2013, Clarke picked up his girlfriend's phone and found text messages of a sexual nature. One included a picture of Clarke's victim's private parts.

When he approached his then partner about the text messages, they got into a heated debate.

Clarke drove to the house where the man was living, broke in through a locked door and beat his victim.

When the victim's son heard the ruckus, he entered the room and started beating Clarke.

The defendant was ordered to get out of the house. Clarke left and turned to the man who sent his partner the messages and said "stop texting my missus".

Crown prosecutor Dean Jones said Clarke left his victim with a badly swollen face after several punches to the head.

Clarke's defence solicitor Doug Winning said his client was no longer with his partner.

He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment and will be released on parole on Christmas Eve this year.

 



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