Jail for man who attacked female walkers with branch

MONTHS after she was attacked by a branch-wielding stranger, a special needs teacher was thrown into a panic when a child hit her with a wooden block.

The horrible effects of an unprovoked assault on two Education Queensland employees in Woorabinda were heard in Rockhampton District Court this week. On top of nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder, surgery and a ruined honeymoon, the women were also forced to leave town.

Michael Bulsey, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm on Thursday.

Prosecutor Hamish McIntyre told the court Bulsey approached the women armed with a stick while they were out on their morning walk on November 7, 2012.

After asking them where they were going, he suddenly began hitting them with the branch.

Mr McIntyre said one of the women fell to the ground, but Bulsey continued to punch her.

While this was happening, the other victim phoned police, but Bulsey saw this and turned to her.

Mr McIntyre said the woman on the ground started to run but realised her friend wasn't following.

He said she found a stick and ran towards him. This caused Bulsey to run away.

The court heard the pair were picked up by an ambulance and transported to hospital with bruises and abrasions. One victim had a cut to her lip that required three surgeries.

Mr McIntyre described the attack as an "appalling example of gratuitous street violence".

Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco said Bulsey was heavily intoxicated at the time.

Judge Paul Smith sentenced him to two years and three months jail, taking into account time already served.

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