Jail extended for nightclub assault

Buddy Drennan, 31, of Felstead Avenue, Horsham, appeared by video link from Port Phillip Prison on Monday over the unprovoked attack of a man outside the nightclub in December 2006.

Buddy Drennan, 31, of Felstead Avenue, Horsham, appeared by video link from Port Phillip Prison on Monday over the unprovoked attack of a man outside the nightclub in December 2006.

A HORSHAM man will have to spend another month in prison after he was found guilty of assaulting a man outside a Portland nightclub. 

Buddy Drennan, 31, of Felstead Avenue, Horsham, appeared by video link from Port Phillip Prison on Monday over the unprovoked attack of a man outside the nightclub in December 2006. 

Drennan pleaded guilty to a charge of recklessly causing injury.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Harris said Drennan and a co-accused struck the man without warning and began kicking him once he fell to the ground. 

“As a result the victim suffered a depressed fracture in his eye socket,” Senior Constable Harris said.  

The man also suffered a fracture to his left cheek, bruises and blurred sight. 

“The victim says he had to see a cranial specialist.”

The court heard Drennan’s appearance in court to face the charge had been delayed by interstate police matters and being held on remand in South Australia. 

Magistrate Peter Mellas noted Drennan was in custody and had no ability to pay any fines imposed for his crime. 

“At the time you were much younger and there is an argument that you may have been treated differently,”  Mr Mellas said.  

“At the time of this offence you did not have a history of violence but after that date there’s offence after offence involving violence.”  

He ordered Drennan serve another month in addition to a current prison sentence. 

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