Australia

Friends bash man in street as pub argument turns violent

Two young friends have been given suspended jail terms after bashing a man in Alexandra Headland during a night out drinking.

Natasha Rose Gayler, 22 and Julian David Jeffrey Blackburn, 24, pleaded guilty to assaulting a 47-year-old man and causing him bodily harm near The Alex Hotel in Alexandra Headland.

The police prosecutor told Maroochydore Magistrates Court the two friends had been out drinking for Gayler’s 22nd birthday and had arguments with the victim throughout the night.

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CCTV footage played before the court showed the pair later approaching the man and punching him until he fell on the ground.

Blackburn continued to punch him while he was on the ground before the man was able to get up.

He was then punched a few more times by the pair until security intervened.

Julian David Jeffrey Blackburn was sentenced for assault occasioning bodily harm.

Julian David Jeffrey Blackburn was sentenced for assault occasioning bodily harm.

The court heard the victim had a swollen face and cuts to his face and leg, which left him taking time off work due to his injuries.

Magistrate Rod Madsen said the attack was disgraceful and alcohol clearly had played a part that night.

Gayler, who had no criminal history, was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in jail, which was wholly suspended for 18 months.

She was also banned from the Maroochydore safe night precinct area, which encompasses some parts of Alexandra Headland, but is allowed to enter if for work purposes only.

Blackburn was convicted and sentenced to 14 months in jail which was wholly suspended for three years.

Mr Madsen said Blackburn, who had been before the court on similar offences previously, needed to get a handle on his drinking.

“I think you are potentially quite violent and if you have sworn yourself off alcohol, I think that’s the best thing you can do,” he said.

Gayler was also ordered to pay $500 in compensation to the victim, while Blackburn was ordered to pay $2000.

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