Brute to pay up for punching his mate

WHEN an Allora man heard a rumour his friend had urinated in front of some children, he decided to enact his own style of justice.

Noel Thomas Morrish confronted the other man at last year's Allora show and his friend denied the allegations.

Not satisfied with his long-time friend's denial, Morrish punched the other man, sending him crashing to the ground. The victim also hit his head on a wooden seat as he fell.

During proceedings in the Warwick District Court it was heard Morrish then punched his victim again while he was on the ground, before the two men began to "wrestle".

The victim was then able to gain "the upper hand" of the fight.

Both men had been drinking prior to the fight.

Photos presented to the court in evidence showed the facial bruising and cuts the victim suffered as a result of the assault.

Crown Prosecutor Christopher Cook said the man now suffers from significant neurological damage, although it was unclear whether there was any correlation between that and the assault.

Judge Brian Devereaux told Morrish, now aged 44, that "everyone knows one punch can kill" and it was fortunate the night didn't end in tragedy.

"You are so lucky he didn't have greater injuries.

"You should count every day of freedom as a good one and that your actions did not cause grievous bodily harm or death.

"If this is how you behave in public when you're drunk, you need to stop drinking.

"You're old enough to know not to behave like this."

Morrish pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail.

Judge Devereaux ordered the Allora man to pay his victim $1000 in compensation and to perform 100 hours of community service over the next 12 months.

He added the compensation was not an assessment of the injuries the other man received and would not prevent him for seeking further compensation.

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