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Lung punctured in fence paling attack

IN A "despicable” attack, a man beat his neighbour with a fence paling till his lung collapsed.

The unprovoked and violent assault on a neighbour and the neighbour's vulnerable mother, was an "appalling, despicable and disgraceful way to treat another human being”, said sentencing Judge Ian Dearden.

Gregory James Coulson, 25, born in Maryborough, pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court to grievous bodily harm, common assault, and wilful damage.

The attack left the male victim with a collapsed lung and gashes to his face plus fractures from being beaten with the paling.

The door to the victims' home was also damaged.

The attack was at a housing commission estate in Acacia Ridge, in Brisbane.

Coulson was joined in the attack by Kaitlyn Marie Hart, 20, who pleaded guilty to kicking the victim.

Her role was significantly less than that of her co-accused and was not linked to the male victim's injuries.

Hart and Coulson had been drinking when they committed the vicious attack.

Coulson was already on a suspended sentence for a previous assault occasioning bodily harm in Ipswich.

In that instance he admitted to slapping a nine-month-old baby, leaving marks and bruises to her face, her leg and her buttocks as a result.

He has also previously been convicted of arson after he torched a car.

He has never been sentenced to jail time before.

Defence barrister Joshua Jones said Coulson was still youthful at 25, had fully cooperated with police, expressed remorse and pleaded guilty at the earliest possible stage.

However Judge Ian Dearden said if Coulson was "going to get blind on spirits” and behave in such a way it was clear he must receive "an appropriate, substantial jail sentence”.

He said such an attack would not just affect the injured victims, but have an impact on everyone who lives in the housing complex.

Judge Dearden said its residents deserved to live in a quiet and peaceful environment "where you don't run the risk of getting flogged because someone's on the grog”.

He said he was sure Coulson and Hart's families loved them even though they "despise” and "despair” of the pair's actions, and the two could turn their lives around if they chose to.

Coulson was sentenced to three years jail, with a parole date set for February 21 next year.

Hart was sentenced to 15 months jail for grievous bodily harm with an immediate parole release date.

ARM NEWSDESK

Topics:  fence paling, gregory james coulson, grievous bodily harm, kaitlyn marie hart


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