Gatecrasher gets nine months jail

A SERIAL violent offender who has been convicted 15 times in two years is in jail today for terrorising guests at an 18th birthday party and assaulting the birthday girl.

Judge Grant Britton yesterday sentenced Harrison Chuck Norris Lynch, 19, to nine months in jail after he pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning bodily harm in Rockhampton's District Court.

"Your time has run out .?.?. you are going to jail this time,'' Judge Britton told Lynch.

Lynch showed little emotion as the sentence was handed down but hugged and kissed his mother before being led away from the court by police.

Judge Britton gave Lynch a lifeline by suspending the sentence after three months in the hope he would rehabilitate himself.

Prosecutor John McGrath said Lynch had been one of dozens who gatecrashed the party at a Parkhurst hall in July, 2003, forcing the host and her parents to close the party about 11pm.

He said the assaults had occurred after the host and a 16-year-old friend later tried to break up a fight between Lynch and another male.

Lynch responded by punching both girls in the face, knocking the host to the ground.

The host then tried to get away but was set upon by Lynch and four friends who punched and kicked her.

Mr McGrath said the girl fell to the ground again before a female attacker ripped off her top and bra leaving her naked from the waist up. He said the girl escaped to safety but had a fracture to her left hand, cuts and bruises.

Judge Britton said the prison sentence was the only way to deter Lynch from committing further offences as Lynch had ignored previous court orders to obtain counselling and perform community service.

"You have treated your supervision and interventions with no seriousness whatsoever,'' he said.

"Hopefully, with time, you will come to the realisation that you can't go on committing offences in the community.

"If you do you will find yourself back in court receiving bigger sentences,'' he said.



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