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Jail only option for brutal night assault

A MAN who viciously bashed his neighbour in a frenzied night-time attack has been jailed in a sentence that is aimed to deter others.

Michael Anthony Borusiewicz attended the victim's home last Tuesday night and head-butted, punched and even bit him in the vicious frenzy.

The victim was left with a broken rib, stitches in his lip and a bruised head. He also had bite injuries and bruising where Borusiewicz gouged his eyes.

The victim was home alone during the assault, as his wife and other family members were comforting the family of teenager Chris Keirnan, who had been killed in a car crash earlier that night.

Defence lawyer Phillip Crook yesterday told the Warwick Magistrates Court his client was an alcoholic who was intoxicated at the time and had limited memory of that night.

Mr Crook said the attack occurred two days after the anniversary of Borusiewicz's son's death.

Two-year-old Luke Borusiewicz died while in the foster care of a 74-year-old Cairns woman back in 2009.

An inquest found the death was the result of Luke falling from a bed and hitting his head.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey yesterday told the 45-year-old that although he had sympathy for his loss, his actions were not justified.

"There is no excuse for it and it will not be tolerated," he said.

"I have only been here for four months or so and I am concerned about the violent-type offences coming before the court.

"I have already jailed people for these kinds of assaults in the streets and in the pubs and this is in someone's home."

Mr Manthey said the attack was aggravated by the fact the victim was assaulted at his property.

"I need the message to get out to the community that I will not tolerate these kinds of assaults," he said.

"We're not talking Mickey Mouse here; we are talking about a significant assault with significant injuries, at someone's home."

Borusiewicz, supported in court by his wife, was sentenced to two years jail and will be paroled after serving four months.

Topics:  court crime warwick



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