‘Bad Boy' jailed on assault
THERE was no hint of the Inglewood bad boy as William John Garner sat slumped in the Warwick District Court dock yesterday after he pleaded guilty to burglary and assault occasioning bodily harm.
Garner, previously labelled “too dangerous to be at large” by police, wore a Bad Boy shirt – the same kit he wore when arrested on February 10 for punching a man in the head so severely he was air-lifted to a Brisbane hospital.
The Crown Prosecutor told the court of the 27-year-old's bravado in which he had previously told victims to “tell the police Willie Garner was here”.
“These proceedings are a breach of a suspended sentence where he was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and was released after six months,” the prosecutor said.
“His criminal history includes serious violent offences and property offences.”
The District Court heard a February party had turned into terror when the complainant offended Garner's brother, prompting the former boner to seek out the complainant at another house.
“He went to the house for the purpose of confronting the complainant,” the Crown Prosecutor said.
“He walked through the house (calling for the complainant). He punched him repeatedly in the face and the complainant was unable to get off the couch and lost consciousness ... he made choking noises like he was suffocating on his own blood.
“He was (airlifted) from Inglewood Hospital to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.”
The victim was knocked unconsciousness for about 30 minutes, and suffered bruising, swelling and a broken nose which requires further surgery.
“He still has problems with left eye vision which doctors say will return to normal with time,” the Crown Prosecutor said.
“He has pain when eating, which it is believed will last about 12 months.”
His Defence added he had suffered a stroke three months ago.
Judge Koppenol sentenced Garner to three years jail, taking into account his pre-sentence custody term of 266 days.
Garner will be eligible for parole on February 9 next year.