Man knocked out cold with one powerful hit
WITH a single punch, Michael Robert West left his victim out cold for up to 10 minutes and with bleeding to multiple parts of his brain.
The Warwick District Court this week the punch was an instinctive response to the victim pulling a bottle out of his pocket during an altercation.
The two men argued inside a Warwick hotel on August 18, after which the victim was removed from the premises.
From outside, he taunted West and encouraged him to go and outside and fight, but West refused.
About half an hour later, the 20-year-old exited the hotel to smoke with his girlfriend and the court heard a bouncer "encouraged" West to go over to the victim and promised to "turn a blind eye".
As he approached the man, the victim asked "Hey Westy bro, why don't you learn to fight like a bloke?"
West was asking the 19-year-old what he was talking about, when he noticed the man pull a bottle from his pocket and retaliated by punching him.
West later told the police the force he used for the punch, on a scaled of one to 10, was an "eight to nine".
Defence barrister Robbie Davies told the court his client punched the victim because he thought he was going to be hit with the bottle.
Crown prosecutor Maita Aylward said the intoxicated victim hit his head on the concrete following the "significant punch to the face", leaving him with a large cut on the back of his head.
He was flown to Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment and at one point suffered a seizure.
West, who had no prior criminal history, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.
No conviction was recorded.