Man bashed woman with pole, twice

A TEENAGER who viciously bashed a 37-year-old woman with an iron bar during an early-morning street fight has been sentenced in the Maryborough Magistrates Court.

Joseph Robert William Ward, 17, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.

Prosecutor Sergeant Craig Ryan said Ward joined in a fight on Wharf Street about 2.50am on October 10.

“He armed himself with a metal pole and struck the complainant once in the stomach and then a further time on the head,” Sgt Ryan said.

“He then left but he came back again and struck the complainant to her body.”

The victim, Tabitha Sharp, lost a huge amount of blood from a wound on the back of her head.

She also had severe bruises to her ribs and shoulder and bruising to her stomach and face, Sgt Ryan said.

Ms Sharp had been to a local hotel and was walking to a nearby nightclub when she was assaulted.

She was taken to Maryborough Hospital for treatment.

Sergeant Ryan said the 104 days Ward had spent in pre-sentence custody was sufficient punishment for the offence.

“Compensation is sought for the victim,” Sgt Ryan said.

Defence lawyer Travis George said Ward had been drinking heavily at the time of the assault and had been regularly drowning his sorrows after the recent death of his grandmother.

“He is only 17 years old and this is his first offence as an adult,” Mr George said.

Ward’s family, including his partner and their baby, sat in the back of the court in support of him.

In addition to the time served, Lavaring also ordered Ward pay $1500 compensation to Ms Sharp.

Ward was remanded in custody on a separate matter following the sentence.

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