A MAN was bashed with his own metal walking stick in a crime spree that has led to a Portland man being jailed for more than four years.
Andrew King, 23, of Willunga Street, had earlier pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court to 14 charges, including four counts of theft and criminal damage, two charges of burglary and single counts of robbery, intentionally causing serious injury, intentionally causing injury and attempted theft.
King was last week sentenced to six years and nine months’ imprisonment and will serve four years and three months before being eligible for parole.
In sentencing, Judge Mark Gamble said King had engaged in random and spontaneous violence against complete strangers, which was of great concern to the court and the community.
He said a man bashed with his own metal walking stick had declined to give King a cigarette.
“It would seem that refusal triggered the extraordinarily-angry outburst from you,” Judge Gamble told King.
“The nature of your reaction beggars belief. You chose to punch him, disarm him of the metal pole that he was using as a walking stick and then, while he was on the ground and no threat to you, launch a savage and brutal attack on him with his own walking stick.
“And you would have continued to rain down even more blows had you not been prevented from doing so (by his co-accused).”
The court heard that in February last year, after an afternoon and night of drinking with friends, King also mugged a man in Portland, punching him several times to the head and knocking him to the ground.
King then continued to kick the victim while he was on the ground, before stealing the man’s cap, sunglasses, mobile phone and $40 in cash.
The victim suffered swelling to the left side of his face, both eyes, nose lips and a superficial laceration above his right eye. He was forced to take a week off work.
Later on the same night, King damaged a fence and a sensor light before he and a co-accused stole an angle grinder from a ute.
They then broke into a large industrial shed.
King started a Toyota utility and used it to ram other vehicles and building structures, while the co-accused used a forklift to ram the main doors before he crashed.
King drove the ute out of the shed and crashed it into a footbridge.
He and the co-accused broke into another business, took $15 cash and two car batteries, then damaged a number of vehicles. They also smashed a bus window.
The pair walked to a 24-hour service station to buy cigarettes. On the way, King approached a man walking with the aid of a 1.2-metre length of steel pipe and asked for a cigarette but was declined.
“You then wrestled him for possession of the bar,” Judge Gamble told King in court.
“You got the bar and he fell to the ground. You then launched what can only be described as a savage attack on the defenceless victim.
“Apparently the attack was so ferocious that your friend felt compelled to intervene on the victim’s behalf.”
The victim suffered a number of fractures to his jaw and nose, a fracture to his spine, a compound fracture to his left arm, numerous lacerations and also lost some teeth.
The victim’s impact statement explained he had difficulty eating, was now unemployed and felt compelled to move from the town in which he was born.
King committed the offending for which he was sentenced while on two suspended jail sentences and bail.