Mackay woman hit and choked in ‘terrifying’ night attack
A WALK home alone became a "terrifying" ordeal for one woman when a stranger followed and punched her.
Her teenaged attacker took her in a "choker-type hold" from behind and dragged her to the ground.
Ryan Ronald Morris punched her on her body; but then he made the decision to stop and then called emergency services.
His victim sat in the District Court in Mackay yesterday as Morris, 18, pleaded guilty to the serious assault.
In the early hours of April 5 this year, Morris had been drinking at pubs and a party.
The court was told he had consumed 20 drinks by the time he was walking in his home suburb North Mackay.
Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso said Morris followed the victim for a time before asking her for a tissue.
After the assault, he stayed with the woman until police arrived and admitted to the attack.
Defence barrister Bronwyn Hartigan said Morris had had a difficult upbringing and had suffered abuse while living at his mother's house.
Ms Hartigan said Morris was seven when his mother died and he moved to live with his father and stepmother.
He was in the care of child services at age 13.
Ms Hartigan presented a psychological report to show Morris had extreme anger problems.
Judge Julie Dick, SC, said the attack was "chilling", and that it would have been "an incredibly terrifying experience". She said jail would interrupt Morris' psychological therapy.
Morris received two years' probation, with no conviction recorded.
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