Man jailed over vicious blow to face

ONE punch was all it took for a Warwick man to inflict serious facial fractures and teeth damage on another man during an altercation in a nightclub.

Timothy Luke Delaney was yesterday jailed over the assault, with Judge

Sarah Bradley reinforcing the "One Punch Can Kill" message during sentencing.

"This sort of violence in nightclubs is prevalent and the message has to be sent to young people that one punch can kill," she said.

Toowoomba District Court heard Delaney, 21, had travelled to Toowoomba with friends for a night out on September 2, last year.

During the night at Tombas Niteclub, a drunken Delaney had become upset with the behaviour of the 27-year-old complainant.

Delaney put his drink down and struck out, hitting the man in the jaw with either his fist or elbow, the court heard.

As a result the victim had to undergo surgery to have plates and screws inserted to a number of facial fractures and had braces put on his teeth.

The victim was off work for 11 weeks and for some time couldn't eat properly, Crown prosecutor Noel Needham told the court.

The whole incident had left the victim's wife and two children distressed as well, he said.

Delaney pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

His barrister Robbie Davies said his client had no previous criminal history at all, had a good work record, had good prospects of rehabilitation, and offered $5000 compensation to the victim.

Judge Bradley described the incident as a "vicious attack", but accepted by references from supporters of Delaney put before her that the incident was out of character for him.

She sentenced Delaney to two years jail, the term to be suspended after he has served four months in custody, and ordered he pay $5000 compensation to the victim within 24 hours.



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