Man stops to help, bashed instead

A GOOD samaritan was the victim of an unprovoked attack that left him with a fractured jaw, the Maryborough Magistrates Court has heard.

Luke Francis Beard pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm after he turned on his victim in the early hours of September 25.

The male victim was walking home from a night on the town and discovered a drunken man lying passed out in the gutter near the intersection of Richmond and Kent streets.

As he tried to help the man off the road, 21-year-old Beard came along and also tried to help.

But as soon as the victim mentioned calling the police, Beard's demeanour changed dramatically.

He began throwing punches at the good samaritan and kicked and stomped at him as he lay on the ground.

Beard left the scene for a short time but came back and continued his assault.

A taxi drove past during the attack and Beard threw a brick at it, damaging the bonnet.

The victim was taken to Maryborough Hospital and then Hervey Bay before being transferred to the Royal Brisbane Hospital for treatment of a broken jaw.

“This was a particularly serious assault,” prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said.

“A good samaritan has been set upon and kicked that viciously there was a shoe print on his face.

“It didn't stop there. He came back and hit him again.”

The assault was captured on CCTV cameras that were recently installed by the council.

Solicitor Judy Millward said Beard had been working for a roofing company and had the full support of his employer, who was present in court.

Magistrate John Smith said he would normally commend Beard's work efforts but it would not keep him out of jail.

Beard was sentenced to six months' jail and will be eligible for parole on January 22.

He was also fined $500 and ordered to pay $418 compensation for the damage to the taxi.



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