Released on bail - 19 year old Tinana man, Jamie Lee Warner, has been released from the Hervey Bay watchhouse. Warner has been charged with grievous bodily harm to Tom Freshwater.
Released on bail - 19 year old Tinana man, Jamie Lee Warner, has been released from the Hervey Bay watchhouse. Warner has been charged with grievous bodily harm to Tom Freshwater. Valerie Horton

One-punch accused was on a suspended jail sentence

UPDATE: THE alleged assailant behind a weekend attack in Hervey Bay, which left a popular young sportsman fighting for his life, has been released on bail.

Jamie Lee Warner, 19, fronted Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Monday charged with grievous bodily harm.

His alleged victim Thomas Freshwater, 23, remains in a Brisbane hospital with bleeding on the brain and skull fractures.

The court heard Mr Warner, a concreter, was already on a suspended jail sentence when he allegedly threw the punch on the Esplanade, Torquay.

Mr Freshwater was allegedly punched to the back of his head, causing him to fall face-first onto the bitumen road.

Security staff from a nearby hotel detained Mr Warner before police arrived.

His defence lawyer Michael Riedel told the court yesterday his client was "too intoxicated" at the time of the offence to remember details of it.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling opposed Mr Warner's bail application, telling the court that the man had breached bail conditions six times in the past.

Mr Warner was given a suspended sentence in July for failing to complete a community service order.

"At the time of the offending, he was on a suspended sentence," Snr Const Sperling said.

"He shows no regard for any court order."

Mr Riedel said his client was "distressed" and "concerned" for the injuries suffered by Mr Freshwater.

Emphasising Mr Warner's criminal history lacked acts of violence, Mr Riedel asked for bail to be allowed on the condition his client "not consume alcohol."

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge said despite Mr Freshwater suffering "significant injuries," the risk of Mr Warner re-offending in a violent manner was low.

He granted Mr Warner bail on the conditions that he does not consume alcohol, report weekly to police, and have no contact with Mr Freshwater.

Mr Warner's partner, who was said to be six weeks pregnant, was supporting him in court.

Outside court, Mr Warner told reporters he was "sorry" and did not remember the events alleged.

This case will be mentioned next in court on December 14.

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EARLIER:THE alleged assailant in a weekend attack, which left a popular young sportsman fighting for his life, has been released on bail.

Jamie Lee Warner, 19, appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Monday, charged with grievous bodily harm.

Outside, Mr Warner fronted the media, apologising for his alleged actions and saying he had not expected to be allowed bail.

His alleged victim, Thomas Freshwater, remains in a Brisbane hospital in a serious condition.

MORE TO COME.
 



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