Jake Brook has been left brain damaged.
Jake Brook has been left brain damaged.

Assailant found guilty of bashing

A DORRIGO man will face sentencing next month after being found guilty of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to a young Bellingen man last year.

The case was heard in the District Court in Coffs Harbour yesterday before Judge John Nicholson.

The jury took only a short time to consider its verdict before finding 29-year-old Dallas Kahl guilty of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to 19-year-old Jake Brook of Bellingen in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2010.

A pre-sentencing report on Mr Kahl has been ordered and his bail conditions were varied but his bail was continued.

He will appear for sentencing in the Parramatta District Court on May 27.

The trial was the result of an altercation in the main street of Dorrigo in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2010.

In information tendered to the court, the jury heard that Mr Kahl punched Mr Brook in the face as a result of which Mr Brook fell and struck his head on the road.

Mr Brook, a former soldier, who clinically died twice after the incident, spent nine months in a Sydney rehabilitation centre last year and has been left permanently brain damaged as a result of the incident, with the intellectual capacity of a young child.

His family has been trying to raise money to modify the family home for his needs.

Members of Mr Brook’s family were in court yesterday.

Although obviously pleased with the decision, they said they preferred not to comment on the trial.



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