Man jailed for ‘sickening’ bashing of 3 teens on Ocean St
Horrendous, unnerving and cowardly were just some of the words a magistrate used to describe an attack on three teenagers in an Ocean St carpark late last year.
Nambour man Mathew Phillip Bridges was jailed on Thursday for the assaults, which left one man in hospital with a non-life threatening head injury, and two others with minor injuries.
Bridges, 36, antagonised a group of young men and women, which included the three victims, as he "essentially stalked" them to the carpark of the Big Top Shopping Centre, Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told the court.
The court heard when Bridges approached the group he punched a 19-year-old man in the face, causing him to hit his head on the car he was standing next to.
He then used open hands to push the second victim, 19, on to the ground before pushing and knocking an 18-year-old man unconscious.
As the second victim moved to help him, Bridges chased him away and intimidated him, showing no remorse or concern for the unconscious teenager, the court heard.
Paramedics treated and rushed the 18-year-old to Nambour Hospital with a concussion, and three broken teeth, while the two older victims suffered bruising and grazes.
Witnesses filmed part of the attack and called the police, who later found Bridges lying on the road along Duporth Ave and arrested him.
While in a holding cell, the court heard an "extremely aggressive" Bridges shouted "I'll rip your f------ face off" to several officers and tried to fight them before being sedated.
His behaviour was "unpredictable and erratic" and a breath test revealed he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.133.
Bridges faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday, and pleaded guilty to three charges of assaults occasioning bodily harm in public while affected by an intoxicating substance, and one charge of obstructing a police officer.
Ms Baldwin said she was "unnerved" when watching the footage of the assaults.
"It's horrendous, it's sickening," she said.
"It's unbelievable that a kid, a skinny-looking 18-year-old, could be knocked unconscious, and then you stalking around like a big brown bear not letting people near him.
"You're so lucky to be here and not in the Supreme Court charged with murder.
"One punch can kill."
Ms Baldwin said society had "had a gutful" of mindless, alcohol-fuelled violence, and said attacks of this nature were "cowardly."
She gave Bridges a head sentence of 18 months imprisonment and declared his pre-sentence custody as time served.
Bridges was convicted and not further punished on the obstruct police charge.
He was also ordered to pay a total of $3000 in pain and suffering compensation to the victims, through the State Penalties Enforcement Registry.
Ms Baldwin told Bridges if he had "any degree of remorse" he would attempt to pay the compensation upon his release.
Bridges was also ordered to complete 40 hours of mandatory community service, for committing the offences in a Safe Night Precinct.
Bridges was given a parole release date of May 17, 2021.