Food fight sees man jailed for bashing elderly man

A MAN who floated living between Gladstone and Bundaberg has been jailed after he bashed an elderly man in the head after a dispute over food.

Kevin Douglas Anderson, 20, pleaded guilty to the assault in the Brisbane District Court on Thursday  during which his extensive criminal history was revealed.

Crown Prosecutor Katrina Overell told the court Anderson, who was living at a Herston boarding house at the time of his offence, had got into a verbal argument with a 72-year-old resident.

"The two had words early over some food which had been spilt," she said.

"Anderson punched the elderly man in the back of the head as he was walking away.

"After he punched him he said 'how do you like that' before fleeing the boarding house and handing himself into police the following day."

Ms Overall said this was not the first time Anderson had faced a Queensland court.

"While living in Bundaberg in 2010 he bashed his carer and grabbed his testicles and was sentenced to six months probation," she said.

"Ten days later he was before Gladstone Magistrates Court facing drug charges and was subsequently convicted.

"He also faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court in 2012 over wilful damage charges and was placed on two years probation."

Mr Overall said Anderson's offending did not stop there.

"He faced Gladstone Magistrates Court again this time for throwing a pot plant at his carer before punching her in the face," she said.

"However, his most serious charge was in 2011 after he burnt down a house in Bundaberg to scare one of the occupants after a dispute over alcohol."

A psychology report tended to the court revealed Anderson was a "damaged young man" which could largely be attributed to his "dysfunctional" background.

Judge John Baulch sentenced Anderson to nine months jail and urged him to get some help in order to get his life back on track.

"This was a crowdedly attack on an elderly man," he said.

"If you do not address your issues I fear you will be in jail for a long time to come.

"However, given your reluctance to do what is socially acceptable and to seek any type of help I also fear that may sadly be the case."

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