Sex row led to savage assault

A MAN left another man with permanent disabilities after an assault in a McDonald's carpark because he thought the victim was having sex in the restaurant toilet.

Darryl Steven Dunbar, 31, punched the victim in the head outside the Ipswich McDonald's. The man fell back and witnesses heard his head crack as it connected with the pavement.

The 20-year-old victim was taken to hospital with a fractured skull and head injuries and was in an induced coma for four days.

He has been left with permanent disabilities including memory loss and the early onset of epilepsy and needs a full-time carer.

Ipswich District Court heard the victim and his girlfriend were at the restaurant in the early hours of February 20 when they used the disabled toilet together because the other toilets were locked.

People waiting in the toilet line outside began to think the pair was having sex.

Crown Prosecutor John Copley said when the pair exited a "blond-headed woman" and Dunbar became aggressive and accused the couple of having sex.

Witnesses saw the couple walk through the carpark when the victim's girlfriend raced back to Dunbar and punched him three times in the head.

Dunbar said "I don't hit women" and walked up to the victim and punched him once.

Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said Dunbar had a 28-page criminal history but had not gone out that night with the intention to hurt anyone.

"He hadn't gone looking for trouble - it came to him," Mr Seaholme said.

"He came to Queensland to get a new start and was enrolled to study behavioural science at USQ next semester."

Dunbar pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and two unrelated offences of public nuisance and carrying a knife in public.

He was sentenced to three years jail. With time already spent in custody, he will be released on parole on February 22 next year.

Judge Deborah Richards said the punch had a devastating impact on the victim, his now-fiancee and their families.

"I accept you didn't go out to commit violence but that is no excuse," she said.



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