Tommie Roy McCarthy leaving court.
Tommie Roy McCarthy leaving court. Jeremy Sollars

Violent behaviour puts former cowboy back behind bars

A FARM boy with a promising rodeo career became a violent man who solved problems with his fists after a prescription drug addiction spiralled to amphetamines.

Tommie Roy McCarthy, 27, has spent the past seven birthdays in prison for assaulting people whenever he felt slighted or defensive.

The Warwick man was jailed again today for king-hitting a man at Point Lookout Hotel on North Stradbroke Island.

Crown prosecutor Matt Hynes said the video footage he played in Brisbane District Court showed it was "an unexpected, unprovoked attack".

He said the victim suffered dizziness, bleeding and facial bruising from the attack.

McCarthy was on parole at the time for a malicious act on New Year's Eve 2009 when he took police on a chase and then drove into a police officer.

The car struck the knees of an officer who feared for his life and shot McCarthy in the elbow.

Justice Glenn Martin said on Tuesday that McCarthy had an "unattractive history of violence" as he sentenced him to nine months jail, cumulative on the previous jail term.

"Whatever may have been your perception … this was a cowardly king-hit as you walked by," he said.

"He would have had no idea that the punch was coming.

"You like to solve your problems by the use of your fists.

"You are a violent man. The community is entitled to be protected from you.

"Periods of imprisonment have not deterred you from further violence."

Defence barrister Rob Carroll said his client believed, but could not be sure, he had earlier words with his victim after a wedding on the island.

"He just wished that he'd walked away," he said.

Mr Carroll said his client's descent into violence began after a friend ran him down "probably skylarking".

He said McCarthy had a broken pelvis, bicep torn in half and head injuries.

Mr Carroll said his client had planned farming and bull-riding careers but his prescription drug addiction morphed into an amphetamine addiction.

He said McCarthy realised he did not want to spend any more birthdays in jail.

"He doesn't want prison stamps on him anymore," he said.

He will be eligible to apply for parole next April.



2004: Sentenced for punching a nightclub bouncer in face when denied entry. 3m jail wholly suspended for 18m.

2006: Struck a man with a baseball bat when he was confronted at his house. 12m jail with some time behind bars.

2010: Bought a car but it broke down later that day. Returned to seller's house and punched him in head. 15m jail with parole eligibility after five months.

2011: Evaded police and led them on a chase. Shot in elbow after driving at an officer, striking his knees. 2yrs 10m jail.

2012: Punched man unprovoked at Point Lookout Hotel on North Stradbroke Island. 9m jail - cumulative.

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