Magistrate deems attack on pub security guard 'cowardly'

JUDGE Michael Burnett thought they would have already learnt their lesson from previous stints in prison.

Clearly not.

Yesterday, in the Rockhampton District Court, Judge Burnett sentenced two Rockhampton men, Joel John Eliott and Guy Robert Barry Dunn, for bashing a hotel security guard in what he called "a cowardly and anti-social" attack.

The pair was found guilty of assaulting a Heritage Hotel security guard just after 10pm on April 26, 2012.

Judge Burnett told Eliott he thought that having already served time in prison that he wouldn't have put himself back in front of the court.

"You've continued to re-offend and come back before the court," he said.

"You've already served time; it seems the lessons have not sunk in. This was an uninvited brawl outside of the hotel and was not acceptable."

Eliott, 23, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended after two months, for his charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.

It was a similar message as he sentenced Dunn, also aged 23.

"I would have thought your prior experience in serving six months in prison would have reinforced the importance of staying out of trouble," Judge Burnett said.

Dunn, 23, was sentenced to six months imprisonment, wholly suspended, for his charge of common assault.

Dunn was also sentenced to two years' probation and 120 hours of community service for a second common assault charge.

During the trial, the jury heard that an altercation between Eliott and the security guard occurred and that Dunn got involved.

The security guard suffered an eye injury in the incident.



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