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Revenge attack on alleged abuser

Emma Channon

A MAN had his head stomped, was repeatedly punched and had a plate smashed over his head in a vigilante-style revenge attack for allegedly abusing a child.

The 18-year-old was attacked in his own home by two men on February 12 over claims he had been mistreating a nine-year-old girl.

The "instigator" of the attack, who is also the brother of the girl, appeared in court over the attack yesterday.

The Warwick Magistrates Court heard the 20-year-old attacker and his co-accused headed to the home of his victim with the intention of talking to him and "roughing him up".

After knocking on the door of the victim's home, the duo was let inside by a female occupant.

The two men knocked on the victim's bedroom door and when he opened it, the 20-year-old attacker grabbed the teenager and attempted to pull him outside.

The court heard the victim retreated back into his room, only to be punched, have his head stomped on a number of times and a plate smashed on his head.

The victim was taken to hospital following the attack and was left with a number of injuries, including cuts to his head and shoulder and pain and swelling.

Defence counsel for the 20-year-old yesterday said her client had no idea things would escalate and he had tried to remove his co-accused at one point.

Magistrate Graham Lee seemed to accept the 20-year-old's submission that he had not planned for such a violent outcome.

"You went around there with the intention of talking to this complainant and doing a little roughing up," he said.

The 20-year-old Warwick man was yesterday sentenced to six months jail, wholly suspended for 18 months.

The co-accused told police he was outside the home at the time of the attack and denied being the one to carry out the attack.

He will face court at a later date.

Topics:  attack, revenge, warwick magistrates court




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