Teen jailed for bashing man in Allenstown hotel carpark

A TEMPER can get you into a lot of trouble.

Shane Michael Clifford Wooler knows this all too well after spending almost seven months behind bars.

Yesterday, he walked free vowing to take care of his anger issues.

The 19-year-old Rockhampton man was jailed after he bashed a man in the Allenstown Hotel car park on April 19.

"He says he's learnt a lesson while he's been on the inside," Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco told the Rockhampton District Court.

Crown prosecutor Russell Hood said the 17-year-old complainant and Wooler were known to each other.

He said there was a history of animosity between the two, which boiled over while they were out with mutual friends one night.

The court heard Wooler punched the victim twice in the head before he dropped to the ground.

Mr Hood said the defendant continued to punch and kick the victim in the ribs as he lay there.

"It was fairly prolonged and vicious," he said.

Luckily, the victim only received a few cuts.

Mr Hood said Wooler had previous convictions for violence, including a common assault just months before this attack.

Mr LoMonaco said his client believed the complainant had stolen some money from him.

He said he realised his actions were immature and planned to undergo an anger management course.

Wooler was sentenced to 15 months jail, suspended for 18 months to take into account the time he has already served.

He was also ordered to serve 18 months probation.



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