Mine operator jailed for headbutting man in Moranbah

A MAN has been left with permanent damage to his sight after being head butted in a "vicious and cowardly" attack.

Brent Anthony King will spend four months in jail for the single blow.

Crown prosecutor Chris Winlaw said the injuries to David Joshua Anderson were "catastrophic".

The 19-year-old received a fracture to his eye socket, which resulted in traumatic optic neuropathy, the District Court in Mackay heard.

This has permanently damaged Mr Anderson's vision in his left eye - he can only see movement, which has had a significant impact on his chosen career, Mr Winlaw said.

Both men were drinking at a Moranbah pub on October 22, 2011 when King, who was 22 at the time, threw a piece of ice in Mr Anderson's direction.

The two then faced off at each other and words were exchanged, then King head butted Mr Anderson in the face, knocking him unconscious.

King then stood over Mr Anderson, attempting to swing at him again before hotel security stepped in and pulled him away, the court heard.

It's more cowardly than a punch. This boy of 19 is left with a permanent injury to his sight

Defence barrister Paddy Cullinane, instructed by Taylors Solicitors, told the court that during the "verbal stoush" Mr Anderson "challenged" King to a fight.

King, a mine operator, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

"There is significant remorse," Mr Cullinane said. "It was one blow."

Mr Cullinane argued that the damage to Mr Anderson was only "one factor".

"There are strong prospects of rehabilitation (and) there are strong mitigating factors in his (King's) favour," Mr Cullinane said.

The now 24-year-old has no prior similar offences. However, Judge Julie Dick said King's history showed he was a "troublesome drunk".

Mr Cullinane said there was no suggestion of premeditation. It was a "spontaneous" act, he said.

Judge Dick labelled the act a "vicious and cowardly attack.

"It's more cowardly than a punch. This boy of 19 is left with a permanent injury to his sight.

King was sentenced to two years imprisonment which will be suspended after four months for two-and-a-half-years.



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