Woman bashed with cricket bat

File image. © Andrew Bardwell
File image. © Andrew Bardwell

A 20-year-old man was jailed for eight months for 22 charges, including knocking a woman unconscious with a cricket bat.

He was also ordered to pay a total of $1300 to three people he bashed.

Roi Wilson was re-sentenced on several charges after breaching his community work, and also sentenced on new charges.

Public Defence Service lawyer Bridget Ayrey said Wilson had already been in custody for the equivalent of an eight month sentence.

She said Wilson did not want to spend his life in prison, and without alcohol violence was not an issue for him. He had written apology letters to his three victims, she said.

Judge Robert Murfitt said Wilson had been given a lenient community work sentence for a series of assaults against women last year.

In November 2012, Wilson went on a madcap driving episode while drunk. He was driving while suspended, tried to escape from the police, failed to stop, and drove dangerously, sliding out on a corner and causing an accident, he said.

In March 2013, Wilson took offence to his neighbours having a party, and with another person, and armed with a cricket bat beat up three people, including a woman who was bashed unconscious.

Judge Murfitt told Wilson that it was just shameful, and there was nothing brave about it. It was very serious violence, but Wilson’s early guilty plea showed he faced up to the responsibility, he said.

Wilson had appeared frequently in the Youth Court, and offended quite seriously since then, and had not made much of the alcohol rehabilitation programmes offered, he said.

He sentenced him to eight months prison, disqualified him from driving for nine months, and imposed special release conditions for six months for rehabilitation assessment, and to attend treatment or counselling directed by his probation officer.

Wilson was ordered to pay $500 emotional harm reparation to the woman, and $400 each to the two men he assaulted.

Judge Murfitt spoke to Wilson’s sisters in court, and they said they would help him get a job, and get help to stop his drinking.

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