Warrnambool man fined $500 over bashing

A WARRNAMBOOL man who bashed a man until he became unconscious at the Gilles Street taxi rank was sentenced in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to do 100 hours’ community work and fined $500.

Kyle Jennings, 23, of Allan Street, was ordered to serve half of the 100 hours undertaking rehabilitation and treatment for alcohol abuse, mental health issues and anger management.

Jennings had pleaded guilty to punching and kicking a man at the taxi rank on December 23 last year.

The court was told Jennings had been with another man at the taxi rank when the other man became involved in a fight with the victim.

The victim had been involved in a verbal argument with the pair earlier in the evening at the Seanchai Irish pub.

The accomplice had punched the victim and pushed him to the ground.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Harris said Jennings and the other man had then punched the victim to the head a number of times with Jennings also kicking the victim.

The victim was left unconscious and bleeding and suffered severe bruising and grazes to his face.

When Jennings was arrested on January 20, he told police he had been too intoxicated at the time of the incident to remember it.

Jennings had suffered a broken hand in the assault, Senior Constable Harris said.

Magistrate John Lesser said he was concerned that Jennings had no memory of the assault.

Having no memory of the assault was no excuse for the offence, Mr Lesser said.

He said he took into account Jennings had acknowledged he had a problem with alcohol.

Jennings was also fined $500 for breaking a window of a car in Warrnambool on February 17-18, 2012.

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