Parole for glassing pub patron

GUY Robert Barry Dunn has been told by a judge that no matter how drunk he is he can’t go around hitting people on the head with glass bottles.

The 20-year-old had been drinking with friends at the Strand Hotel in Yeppoon on Australia Day last year when he got into an argument with a patron in the pub that led to them pushing and shoving each other.

One of his opponent’s friends saw the altercation take place and said something “smart” while looking at Dunn.

This sent Dunn over the edge and he grabbed a beer bottle and walked over to the man, hitting him on the head with it.

Blood started dripping down the man’s face and he was quickly taken to Yeppoon Hospital where the resulting 4cm laceration was sealed with staples.

Police were called to the hotel where Dunn told them he had “glassed” another patron, but refused to take part in an interview.

Dunn pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court on Tuesday to a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said the attack happened just four months after Dunn received 120 hours community service and a period of probation for assaulting another member of a taxi rank line in Rockhampton in 2009.

Mr Phillips said Dunn had successfully completed this community service and was abiding by his probation conditions.

Defence barrister Jeff Clarke said Dunn had also completed drug and alcohol counselling as all of his criminal history related to offences where alcohol or drugs were involved.

He said Dunn wasn’t employed but was hoping to move away from Rockhampton and get an electrical apprenticeship.

Mr Clarke said since the offence Dunn had been assaulted twice by friends of his victim, but did not report this to police.

Judge David Reid said Dunn needed to learn to ignore people he disagreed with in pubs.

“If you get to his age where you can go to a pub and you can’t work out that if someone says something to you in a pub you ignore it then you probably shouldn’t be going there anyway,” Judge Reid said.

“Vast numbers of young people in society have a drink and they don’t hit people in the head with glass bottles.”

He said Dunn’s intoxicated state was an explanation but not an excuse.

Judge Reid sentenced Dunn to 18 months jail with immediate parole and ordered that he be banned from the Strand Hotel for six months.

Vast numbers of young people in society have a drink and they don’t hit people in the head with glass bottles



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