A TERANG man who assaulted a family friend has been sent to a youth justice centre.
Brett Hull, 19, of Spring Dam Road, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to recklessly causing serious injury, criminal damage and using threatening words. He is also facing assault charges, to be heard in February.
Hull was sentenced to nine months in a youth justice centre by magistrate Jonathan Klestadt, who indicated he would also hear the February matters but unless “something disastrous” came out of them, he would not impose a longer term for those charges.
Mr Klestadt said he knew Hull didn’t like being locked up but the offending was too serious and there was no reason for his conduct.
He said he should be eligible for youth parole after serving two months. He has already served 27 days.
On December 20 Hull was drinking alcohol at an 18th birthday party in Terang. The court heard he attempted to pick fights and then smashed bottles in the street.
Hull was collected by his mother and taken home where he attacked a family friend.
He kicked and punched the victim and bit his arm and chest.
He also caused damage to the car in which the victim was trying to leave.
Defence counsel Amanda Chambers said her goal was to get Hull, who has an intellectual disability, out of the adult remand facility where he had spent the last 27 days.
She said by consuming alcohol he had breached his bail.
Mr Klestadt said Hull’s behaviour had been consistent with someone using ice.
Ms Chambers said she’d been instructed that Hull wasn’t using the drug.