Six-month sentence for assault

CONOR Francis Hayes got to walk out of Biloela Magistrates Court last week after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm - but only just.

Rockhampton man Hayes, 20, was given a six-month jail sentence with immediate parole for an unprovoked attack on a teenager in the Biloela CBD on May 28.

Police prosecutor acting Sergeant Sean Franklin said a 16-year-old boy and his father had been walking to work past Hayes urinating in the street on the corner of Melton and Kariboe streets around midnight.

The father told Hayes to use a toilet, who then responded by asking the dad if he wanted to fight.

The pair ignored Hayes and kept walking but Hayes chased the father down the street.

Hayes returned to attack the teenager, pulling off his jumper and punching him in the head and kicking him.

The boy was left with facial injuries, including a swollen and bruised nose, concussion and headaches.

Acting Sergeant Franklin said the teenager had also suffered panic attacks from the assault.

He called for a strong punishment as a deterrent for an attack on a complete stranger.

“It was unprovoked and gratuitous violence,” acting Senior Constable Franklin said.

Hayes's legal representative Terese Adornato told the court the attack was out of character but he had been intoxicated at the time.

She said he had a drinking problem that he was seeking treatment for.

Magistrate John McGrath blasted Hayes over the vicious assault.

Hayes was convicted and ordered to pay $750 restitution.


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