Man wakes up with uncle’s blood on his hands
A SOUTH Burnett man woke up on the couch at his friend's house with blood on his nose, a black eye and blood on his hands that wasn't his.
He had no recollection of how he got there or what had happened the night before.
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Monday, November 11, to assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, wilful damage as a domestic violence offence, and failing to appear in court.
Defence lawyer Mark Werner said the man had visited his uncle's house the night before and the pair drank homemade bourbon, first with Coke and then without, before switching to cask wine.
Mr Werner said the man had drunk in excess and as a result "had one bad night that could severely affect his future".
Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said the defendant kicked his uncle in the face while he was on the floor, before picking up a guitar and hitting him over the back of the head with it.
The court heard his uncle made a grunting noise when the man picked him up from the floor and hit him in the chest.
The man's uncle sustained a broken nose, chipped front tooth, and numerous scratches and bruises on his body.
Later, a neighbour saw the defendant walking up the street then re-enter the house and the uncle saw that there was damage to the property.
When police were talking to his uncle, the man ran off.
The next day the man went back to his uncle's house to find out what happened and when he wasn't home let himself in through the unlocked door and picked up his gear.
Magistrate Andrew Sinclair said the man must have some underlying issues if he could lash out for an unknown reason.
In a letter to the court, the man's uncle said he didn't want the incident to "ruin the man's life" and didn't seek any compensation for the injuries he sustained.
The man was sentenced to 18 months' probation for assault occasioning bodily harm and wilful damage.
As part of probation he must take part in a psychological assessment and treatment and participate in anger management counselling.
For failing to appear in court he was convicted and not further punished.
He was ordered to pay $550 compensation to his uncle for materials to fix the damage to the property.
No convictions were recorded.