No jail after man head-butts in serious Bay street attack

MATTHEW Herbert Coombs will spend no time behind bars after attacking a man on the street and leaving him with significant head injuries.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Monday to one charge of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

The incident occurred in April this year.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tina Bland told the court Coombs had consumed almost 20 standard drinks before head-butting a man who was standing outside a noodle shop in Hervey Bay.

"The victim's head snapped backwards and hit a pole behind him," Snr Const Bland said.

"Police located the victim who stated he was intoxicated at the time and could not remember the incident, but could remember the events before and after."

Snr Const Bland said Coomb's victim had suffered swelling and bleeding.

Defence lawyer John Milburn said his client had always had a problem with alcohol, and was taking steps to overcome it. "At his peak, Mr Coombs was consuming three cartons a day," Mr Milburn said.

"He has a mother who cares for him and is willing to continue attending Headspace and Bridges (alcohol and other drugs support service) if necessary."

Coombs appeared slack-jawed as Magistrate Graeme Tatnell handed down his two years imprisonment sentence, wholly suspended.

"Three cartons a day; it's a wonder you could have functioned at all," Mr Tatnell said.

"Any further offence of violence will land you a period of imprisonment and that will destroy your life."

A conviction was recorded.



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