Man given suspended jail sentence for punching woman in head

A MAN has received a jail sentence in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court for punching a woman in the head on the foreshore in Torquay.

Randall Paul Reilly pleaded guilty to a public nuisance offence but police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris successfully argued for a prison sentence due to the serious nature of the facts of the case.

Snr Const Grigoris said Reilly punched a woman in the head about 11.45pm on May 6, causing a 3cm laceration.

The offence took place at the foreshore near the intersection of Charlton Esplanade and Bideford St.

A passer-by intervened and escorted the woman away from Reilly, Snr Const Grigoris said.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell agreed a prison sentence was warranted.

Mr Tatnell sentenced Reilly to two months imprisonment.

The sentence was immediately suspended.



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