News

Head-stomper avoids prison

Emma Channon

A MAN who stomped on the head of another man during a drunken brawl, breaking the victim's jaw in two places, has narrowly avoided serving time behind bars.

From one extreme to the other, a judge this week praised the same violent man's quick offer to pass a cup of water to a juror who felt faint during his trial.

Ian Jeffrey Brown was both on probation and a suspended sentence at the time of the fight in September last year.

The 21-year-old confronted a man who he believed was causing trouble with Brown's sister during the night out.

A verbal argument between the two quickly turned physical, with the Warwick District Court this week hearing the victim may have been the one to throw the first punch.

All of the witnesses to the fight were intoxicated at the time. Brown retaliated and punched the other man, causing him to fall onto the ground.

While the man was down, Brown was seen to "kick and then stomp" the man's head, causing his jaw to break in two places.

Prosecutor Ken Spinaze told the court the serious injuries could have left the victim deformed and disfigured, had it not been treated immediately.

He added that the man's jaw was rewired after the attack and although he is still suffering from some of the effects, he is expected to make a full recovery.

Judge Greg Koppenol scolded Brown on both his behaviour that night and his "short but concerning" criminal history.

"Kicking someone on the ground is very un-Australian - a cowardly thing to do," Mt Koppenol said.

"You used excessive force and went over the top in what you did."

Mr Koppenol conceded that he did not believe Brown had intended to attack the man that evening.

The 21-year-old was supported in court by his girlfriend, mother and other family members, who were visibly upset during the proceedings.

Brown pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to 19 months jail, wholly suspended for two years.

The damage

  •  The victim had his head stomped and kicked
  •  Treatment involved the insertion of a metal plate and pins to rewire it
  •  Jaw function has now returned, however some nerve damage remains

Topics:  assault warwick district court



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Farmers win as tariffs drop

TRADE BENEFITS: The TPP will see further reductions for Australian beef - the nation's largest agricultural goods export - into Japan, Mexico and Canada.

Trade deals to further ease access

Maryvale man allegedly goes on stealing rampage in Warwick

He is expected to be charged this afternoon with stealing and entering a premises and commit indictable offences.

The man allegedly stole from four businesses.

Southern Downs town has Queensland's cheapest houses

Regions of South East Queensland such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Toowoomba are seeing demand and values rise.

A Downs town has the third cheapest house prices in Queensland.

Local Partners

Good things cooking at Mt Gordon

THE students at Mt Gordon are about to learn the value of their hard work.


Reigning Miss Rodeo Australia will be in town for awards

Miss Warwick Rodeo 2016 Ashleigh Grant, Miss Australia Rodeo Katy Scott, Miss Canada Rodeo Samantha Stokes and Miss America Rodeo Katherine Merck in Warwick during the 2016 rodeo.

Reigning Miss Rodeo Australia flying in to be part of 2017 awards

T20 might be batters game but no one told bowlers

Steven Lyons bats at Slade Park as WBAS chase the 166 scored by Summers.

Bowlers go well as tight battle on for final spots

Action hots up with semis this morning in carnival cricket

Dale's XI will play Dutch's Rudders at noon on Queens Pary Synthetic today.

The draw for final day of Warwick cricket carnival

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Why tree-changers want to buy in the Southern Downs

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price for the Downs dropped 1.5% to $241,250 the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 1.5% to $241,250

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!