JAMIE Angus Brand was told he “should have had more brains” than to punch a man in the face outside the Royal Hotel he believed offended his girlfriend, before trying to fight police and hotel security guards.
Brand, aged 19, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, but had his sentence suspended by Magistrate Terry Lucas in Orange Local Court on Thursday.
‘I have thought long and hard about this,” Mr Lucas said.
“You could could have been standing here today charged with manslaughter or even worse, murder,” Mr Lucas told Brand.
Brand’s solicitor Mason Manwaring told the court his client was a hard-working young man who worked up to 60 hours a week and was on a night out with his girlfriend when the offence occured.
Mr Manwaring said CCTV footage captured of the incident showed Brand’s girlfriend walk towards the accused and point out another man, outside the hotel.
“My client hit him [the victim] and although he shouldn’t have done it, and could quite easily have been on more serious charges, it was for a reason related to what happened at the hotel to his girlfriend,” Mr Manwaring said.
Mr Manwaring said his client had never been in trouble with the police before the assault, and feared for his own safety after he punched the victim, running for the taxi rank chased “by around a dozen men.”
However in sentencing Brand, Mr Lucas said the assault had left the victim with a serious injury.
In suspending the jail term, Mr Lucas ordered the accused to accepted the supervision of Probation and Parole in relation to his alcohol issues as part of a good behaviour bond.
He faced the court also charged with a drink driving offence of mid range PCA after being caught by police at 9.22am on March 3 this year, recording a blood alcohol level of .090.
On that charge Brand was fined $1000 and disqualified for driving for nine months.