A 17-year-old has been ordered to pay $2000 compensation for breaking a man’s jaw at a Gympie hotel last year.
Trent Kenneth Lovett came before Gympie District Court on a charge of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm from an unprovoked attack at the North Hotel in November 2009.
He also was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm for attacking a man for no reason at a party in October last year. He pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced a suspended term of imprisonment and probation.
The court heard Lovett was at the North on November 28 when a fight broke out at the bar.
A young man who went looking for security was confronted by Lovett, who punched him in the face a number of times, knocking him to the ground.
The injured man ended up with a broken jaw and needed reconstructive surgery with three screws and four titanic plates.
Lovett told officers he became aggressive when he got drunk and, on this occasion, punched the complainant just because he saw him with the other male, who was being assaulted by Lovett’s friends.
On October 23, Lovett and his friend set upon a man who turned up at the Kia Ora Hall to pick up a friend from a party.
Lovett joined in when his friend started laying into the man, punching him through the car window as he was trying to drive away.
It was believed the dispute started over some name-calling, but at the time, Lovett had no idea what the fight was about.
Lovett, of Smyth Street, Gympie, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, wholly suspended for two years, placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay $2000 compensation.