Jury sends brothers to jail after they lied about assault

TWO Ipswich brothers, who claimed they walked away from a Brisbane nightclub before a man ended up in hospital with bleeding on the brain, have been jailed after a jury found their story false.

The Crown had argued, on the brothers' version, two people who looked liked them, wore similar clothes and had similar ethnicity must have turned up straight after they left and repeatedly punched the man they had argued with.

Former Ipswich Jets player, Leslie Alovili, 21, and his brother, Nganatatafu Folau Alovili, 23, were found guilty in Brisbane District Court of causing grievous bodily harm to a 24-year-old man in the Mystique nightclub's smoking area on May 18 last year.

Leslie was sentenced to three years' jail.

He becomes eligible to apply for parole on December 12 next year.

Nganatatafu was sentenced to 4.5 years jail but he will serve at least 5.5 years because a previous suspended sentence was activated and tacked on the end.

No parole eligibility date was set.

The jury had heard the injured victim, barely known to the brothers, copped one punch from Leslie before Nganatatafu followed with about three more blows.



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