News

'Mob mentality' fuels vicious racial attacks

A RACIALLY motivated attack on two men has been branded "mob mentality" as the leader of the gang faced sentencing at Ipswich District Court.

Vernon Absolom Ross Saylor, 25, assaulted a Korean man as he left the IGA Gatton in broad daylight with two other thugs in tow.

The court heard Saylor punched the 27-year-old repeatedly to the head and made fun of his eyes, before turning their attention to two Indian men leaving their car.

The Asians chased the trio into the park, but Saylor and his mates emerged shortly after armed with sticks.

Saylor smashed the victim's car, while his co-accused Robert Hicks, 22, jumped on the roof of the car and unleashed a "protracted smashing". The car was written off during the attack.

Crown prosecutor Chris Cook said the assault was violent and thuggish.

"The attack was unprovoked with racial undertones in broad daylight," Mr Cook said. "It was mob mentality."

Saylor pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm in company, wilful damage and public nuisance for the offences, which happened on October 1 last year.

He was sentenced to 18 months prison and released on immediate parole, and was also ordered to pay $500 to the victim.

Defence barrister Andrew West said CCTV security footage of the attack actually showed Saylor trying to pull one of his mates away from the victim.

Mr West said it was evident Saylor was trying to calm his mates down at some stages during the assault.

In August Hicks pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm in company, wilful damage, public nuisance and consuming liquor in public.

He was sentenced to two years probation and will have to undergo alcohol counselling and testing for the duration.

"It was thuggish, violence behaviour in broad daylight," Judge Sarah Bradley said.

Defence barrister Scott Neaves said Hicks had received a serious head injury in 2009 where he suffered bleeding to his brain and required 73 staples in his scalp.

Judge Sarah Bradley adjourned the case for medical documents to support the claim.

Investigations revealed Hicks had suffered a brain injury but was now a healthy man and was capable of living a normal life.

On May 26, Hicks led the Demons to their first victory since entering the Darling Downs AFL competition in 2010.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm ipswich district court



Learning the tools of the trade

Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Brendan O'Connor MP today joined local Federal Member Milton Dick MP at WesTec Trade Training Centre in Springfield to discuss local skills and training. L-R: Woodcrest SHS Principal Pat Murphy, Harry Cooper, Corey Mulholland, Kenau Seluka, Kobi Tupai, Pathways Officer Tegan Wolhuter and WesTEC Manager, Alfio Balsamo.

First-class facility providing real futures for local students

Car hits three children, adult outside busy school

THREE children and one adult have been struck by a car

5 reasons you're tired of Domino's, according to Domino's

Pineapple on pizza is not one of them, oddly enough.

Local Partners

Show legend returns to post after being run over by float

FOR absolute total dedication to the Ipswich Show look no further than 85-year-old Kalbar farmer Syd Haag.


Paddinton Bear is coming to Ipswich

IN TOWN: Annette Kitching plays the part of Paddington Bear in The Cute Little Bear From Peru at the Incinerator Theatre.

FAVOURITE children's character set to delight in new show

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

IPSWICH SHOW: What's on at the showgrounds today

Ipswich Show 2017. Sasha Bondzulic and Kirra Peel.

THE show fun continues today with plenty of rides, games and stunts

The Voice is just the beginning for Ipswich dad

BELLBIRD Park singer Arthur Bristowe vows to continue his year of music after performing John Legend hit in knockout round.

Hervey Bays to star in international horror flick

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

Cher, 71, and Celine Dion wow world at Billboard Awards

“I’m 71 yesterday and I can do a five-minute plank, OK.”

Judah's return to The Voice stage is a knockout

Judah Kelly performs during his knockout round on The Voice.

QUEENSLAND singer nails Adele hit.

Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis: "I was born a boy"

Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis has revealed she was born a boy

Dwayne Johnson, Tom Hanks announce White House bid on SNL

Dwayne Johnson is “officially” running for president in 2020

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

REVEALED: The worst places to rent in Ipswich

SEE if your suburb makes the list

Works to start on club's $13.8M expansion project

KICK OFF: Rohrig managing director Glenn Rohrig and Brothers chairman Greg Walsh at the official signing for the $13.8 million Brothers Leagues Club expansion.

It will create 120 jobs during construction and 30 permanent jobs

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!