Styrofoam helmet attack ends in jail

AN attack with a styrofoam bicycle helmet led to seven months of prison sentences for a man who appeared in Hervey Bay District Court this week.

Wayne Alan Morgan, 31, pleaded guilty to two charges on Monday morning.

The first, assault occasioning bodily harm while armed and in company, was the main offence, as the court heard Morgan tried to bash a man with his bike helmet.

Crown prosecutor Nick McGhee said that Morgan and a friend were invited into the victim's home for a few drinks, after which Morgan began attacking the complainant.

The victim was said to have suffered cuts around his left eye.

The court heard Morgan hit the victim twice with the helmet before a scuffle ensued, at which point Morgan's friend came in with fists flying.

As the pair was leaving, Morgan threw a brick through the victim's window, resulting in his second charge of wilful damage.

Defence barrister Lars Falcongreen said none of the injuries to the victim came from Morgan's helmet, as the cuts to his eye came from the blows of the co-accused.

Mr Falcongreen said Morgan “reacted badly to a perceived slight” and was affected by a mix of alcohol and medication at the time.

Judge David Andrews noted Morgan's history of violent offences, but said it was almost 10 years since his last similar conviction.

Judge Andrews sentenced Morgan to six months imprisonment for the assault and one month for the wilful damage.

The fact the styrofoam attack was “not in the most serious category” was reflected by Judge Andrews deciding that both prison sentences be suspended immediately, allowing Morgan to walk free from the courthouse.



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