Screwdriver held at man’s neck while he drove to Keppel

TEARS rolled down Jacob Healy's face as the realisation hit that he may be facing another stint in jail.

Healy was clearly upset when Rockhampton District Court Judge Brad Farr yesterday began summing up how the 25-year-old and his friend, Thomas Porter, punched a man several times in the face as they searched his car for money.

Healy, a father-of-two, and Porter, 28, were facing the possibility of heading to jail for the second time in their lives.

The pair both sat in the docks of the court as they pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm for the incident on September 23, 2013.

The court heard Healy and Porter assaulted someone they had been with in a vehicle at the time, with Healy grabbing the man's keys while Porter held back the man's seatbelt.

Healy and Porter both punched the man during the assault.

The Crown prosector told the court the assault was motivated by money and was "perhaps a premeditated assault" on the man.

Healy and Porter made the man drive the vehicle to Keppel Sands as Porter held a screwdriver at the complainant.

The court heard that on the night of the offence the pair had shared a bottle of Jack Daniels before contacting the complainant.

The Crown prosector stated when the man was let go, he went to the hospital and called police, but he was still receiving text messages from Porter saying the man was "lucky Porter didn't bury him".

The complainant suffered swelling, bruising to the nose and minor lacerations to his lips.

Judge Farr told the pair they had both already had a "taste of prison" and hoped the experience would see them avoid making bad decisions in the future

Healy and Porter looked relieved after hearing they were granted parole immediately after being sentenced to nine months in prison.



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