A quick outfit change wasn’t enough to throw waiting media off the trail of a 25-year-old man who fronted court on child abuse charges this morning.
A quick outfit change wasn’t enough to throw waiting media off the trail of a 25-year-old man who fronted court on child abuse charges this morning. Barry Leddicoat

Man sent to jail for vicious and cowardly attack

A BEERWAH man with a history of violence was jailed yesterday for what was described as a vicious and cowardly attack.

The Maroochydore District Court heard that Graham William Parkes, 37, knocked a 29-year-old man unconscious with a punch to the head at Maroochydore on Australia Day last year.

Parkes punched another man when he tried to intervene and then kicked his still-unconscious first victim.

The man required surgery for a perforated bowel.

Judge Richard Jones said the assault reflected "a degree of viciousness and cowardice" that required condemnation.

Parkes, who pleaded guilty to charges of grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning bodily harm, public nuisance and obstructing police, was given a head sentence of three and a half years in jail, with parole after 14 months.

A schedule of facts said that Parkes had been drinking with his partner, another woman and the two men at a pub before the assault.

Parkes told police that he felt threatened by the men.

Defence counsel David Crews said his client suffered from paranoia as a result of a bashing himself.



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