$24,000 to victim after brutal attack



A PENSIONER has been awarded $24,000 in criminal compensation after he was savagely bashed in Rockhampton.

Stephen Milton Baker, 46, was jailed for 41/2 years in Rockhampton District Court on July 29 last year after being convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to Colin David Robertson, 66.

The two men had been drinking in a house and Mr Baker went to bed.

His wife then turned off a CD player which Mr Robertson had been listening to. Mr Robertson slapped Mrs Baker. Her husband heard her scream and savagely bashed Mr Robertson.

Mr Robertson suffered multiple fractures, facial and eye socket injuries and needed three operations in both Rock- hampton and Brisbane. Plates had to be inserted in his face to repair it.

At the trial last year, the court heard how Baker had bashed Mr Robertson so severely that he thought he had killed him and contemplated rolling him in a blanket and dumping him in the Fitzoy River.

A doctor told the Rockhampton court that he had only seen worse injuries during a highspeed motor vehicle accident.

Judge Bob Pack, who heard the application for criminal compensation in Mackay this week, said he attributed 20% of the blame for the incident to Mr Robertson because he started the incident by slapping Baker's wife.

Mr Robertson was awarded $24,000 and was represented at the hearing by solicitor Vince Campbell, of Macrossan and Amiet.



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