Man paroled after balaclava attack with axe handle

IN A bizarre altercation at a country hotel, a patron suspected as being affected by ice as well as alcohol had disguised himself with a balaclava and attacked another patron with an axe handle.

The complainant man had been at the Pioneer Arms Hotel in Goombungee about 9.30pm, October 17, 2014, when he was approached by Kane Ronald Kalisch who said to him quietly: "If you need any drugs I can get them in Oakey", Toowoomba District Court heard.

The complainant laughed, saying "No, you're a crack head" and walked away, Crown prosecutor David Jones told the court.

Later in the night, Kalisch, wearing a balaclava and armed with an axe handle, ran at the complainant swinging the weapon with force at the head of the victim who put his hands up in defence only to be struck on the arms, neck and side of his head.

During the ensuing struggle, the assailant dropped the axe handle and the pair exchanged punches.

As the melee continued, a witness picked up the axe handle and attempted to strike Kalisch but instead accidentally struck the complainant man causing a deep laceration to the top of his head, the court heard.

The pair continued to wrestle on the floor at which time the identity of the accused was revealed, Mr Jones said.

The complainant was later taken by ambulance to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment to his injuries which included a gaping 7cm cut to his head, which required 11 stitches, and significant swelling.

Five days later Kalisch attended the Goombungee Police Station and told police he had been drinking heavily that night and had no recollection of the incident.

The now 32-year-old pleaded guilty to charges arising from the unprovoked attack.

Judge Deborah Richards noted Kalisch had only a minor criminal history and had no previous offences of violence at all.

Noting the serious nature of the incident, Judge Richards sentenced Kalisch to two years in jail but ordered he be released on parole immediately.



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