Guilty of bashing pensioner
By DARRYN NUFER
A ROCKHAMPTON man found guilty of bashing a helpless pensioner has been jailed for 41/2 years.
Stephen Milton Baker, 46, was yesterday sentenced in the Rockhampton District Court, after a jury last week found him guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to a 62year-old man.
Baker had bashed Colin David Robertson so severely in January 2001, he thought he had killed him and contemplated rolling him in a blanket and dumping him in the river.
The attack (which breached Baker's suspended sentence from a previous offence) happened after a drinking session turned violent at Baker's Park Avenue home while his wife and Mr Robertson were present.
Baker had reacted to an altercation between Mr Robert- son and his wife and launched a "prolonged and savage attack'' on the pensioner, leaving him with serious facial fractures.
Judge Grant Britton said there was "absolutely no justification'' for Baker continuing to punch the victim after pushing him over.
A doctor had told Baker's trial he had only seen worse injuries during a high-speed motor vehicle accident.
Crown prosecutor Paul Alsbury yesterday spoke of Baker's lengthy criminal history, which included threatening to shoot a bank manager and staff after his loan application was denied. Baker had swung a crowbar at a female pizza shop employee before smashing the glass shopfront which showered patrons.
Baker's defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco said excessive drinking had led to much of his client's violent behaviour which "had not been premeditated''.