A jury found Gareth Noel Larsen, 30, guilty of grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm after a two-day in the Townsville District Court.
A jury found Gareth Noel Larsen, 30, guilty of grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm after a two-day in the Townsville District Court.

Stepdad jailed for bashing man as he crept from daughter’s room

A STEPFATHER who choked a man and broke his jaw after catching him creeping from his stepdaughter's room and out of the family home has been jailed.

A jury found Gareth Noel Larsen, 30, guilty of grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm after a two-day trial in the Townsville District Court last week.

The court heard the Townsville crane operator grabbed the young man by the throat, choked him until he blacked out and punched him a number of times as he lay on the floor after catching him sneaking out of the house on January 4 this year.

The victim's jaw was broken and as a result of the attack he lost his job.

Crown prosecutor Molly Mahlouzarides said there was a complicated background of animosity between Mr Larsen, his adult stepdaughter and the young man who was banned from visiting the house.

Ms Mahlouzarides said Mr Larsen's stepdaughter began a relationship with the man while she had a boyfriend before he became jealous and threatened to share intimate videos of the woman with her boyfriend.

Ms Mahlouzarides described the attack as a "gross over-reaction" from Mr Larsen when he learned the young man was at the house.

Barrister Rowan Pack said his client had no criminal history.

Mr Pack said Mr Larsen financially supported his partner, his stepdaughter and his three young stepchildren and that the family would struggle if he was sentenced to any prolonged time in prison.

Judge Gregory Lynham condemned the violent attack.

He said sentencing Mr Larsen was "no easy task".

"From what I have been told on your behalf Mr Larsen, you have otherwise lived a productive life," he said.

"Coupled with your lack of previous criminal history that all suggest to me that your offending here was entirely out of character. You've allowed your irrational emotions to take control of your actions."

Judge Lynham sentenced him to two years' jail for grievous bodily harm and 18 months for assault occasioning bodily harm.

The sentence, to be served concurrently, will be wholly suspended after Larsen serves six months.

Originally published as Stepdad jailed for bashing man as he crept from daughter's room



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