Man jumps on senior citizen's head during fight
A 41-year-old Cherbourg man who jumped on a senior citizen's head has suffered life-long consequences as a result.
"You punched him, you fell to the ground, and then the facts say that you jumped up and landed with your feet on the victim's head,” Magistrate Louisa Pink said in Murri Court on Wednesday December 12.
The court heard a fight started between Shamus Arnold Cobbo and a man 20 years his senior on February 25.
As a result of the incident Cobbo has had two eye operations and now has to wear glasses.
"It has made me depressed because I can't do a lot of stuff I used to do because my judgment is out so I can't do machinery work,” Cobbo said.
"I used to work as a senior operator in my work place and because of my eyesight I can't do that.”
The older man did not sustain serious injuries but was taken to hospital.
In coming to a decision Ms Pink took into account the loss Cobbo has suffered.
"It will have lifelong consequences for you and it will be a daily reminder to you about what happened,” she said.
The court heard Cobbo's son was the first Aboriginal school captain of Murgon State High School and Ms Pink reminded the defendant his son would be looking to him as a leader.
"I think it is appropriate to impose a fine and hopefully your insight will be sufficient motivation and will help so that you are not back here again, for your son, your family and for you,” Ms Pink said.
Cobbo pleaded guilty to the offence.
Police prosecutor Barry Stevens highlighted "the legislation has made it that it is a serious offence to assault a person over 60.”
"I am very remorseful of my actions and it has brought shame on my family and myself,” Cobbo said.
"Sitting in front of my elders has also brought shame on me because they have seen me grow up from a kid to a man and I am very remorseful for my actions.”
Both men were intoxicated and Cobbo's defence lawyer said he had found counselling with psychologists to be a powerful tool and was "addressing the issue of thinking before acting and drinking.”
Cobbo was fined $500 for seriously assaulting a senior citizen.