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Disgruntled boyfriend gets two years after brick attack

A DISGRUNTLED boyfriend who took to his partner's ex-lover with a brick has been sentenced to two years jail.

Eli John Sell, 32, was on parole when he went to the victim's Urangan home and confronted him in October last year.

A fight ensued, Sell armed himself with a brick and struck the victim twice to the head.

The court heard it was only when the victim's mother intervened and fended Sell off with a mop, that they were able to gain the upper hand.

While it was the victim who eventually "got the better" of Sell and fractured his eye socket, Sell was charged on the grounds he had instigated the fight.

The prosecution submitted that a jail term was appropriate, as Sell's history was littered with like offences, the injuries could have been far more serious - reference was made to a 000 call during which the victim's distressed father said "there is going to be a murder here"- and the protection of the community needed to take precedence.

It was noted that Sell's criminal history was unusual as it reflected the kind of offending normally associated with someone who came from a broken home and abused drugs as opposed someone who had completed school, enjoyed the support of his family and been gainfully employed in the mining industry.

It wasn't until Sell was 26 that he embarked on a six-year crime spree - armed robbery, various assaults, burglary and dishonesty topped the significant charge list - which would see him serve varying stints in jail.

Sell's defense barrister told the court her client had been abused by an unrelated member of the community in country Victoria at age 12.

She said while Sell had what could be described as a "pro social" background, he had suffered underlying trauma which had not manifested itself until his mid 20s when he began to medicate himself with alcohol and prescription drugs.

Taking into account those factors and time already served, Sell was sentenced to two years but a parole release date was set for November.

The court hear Sell has been working in the prison kitchen and upon release, planned to help his mother renovate her new home and return to work in the mining industry.

Topics:  hervey bay urangan



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