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Australia Man jailed over brutal assault that left woman in coma

10:35  30 october  2019
10:35  30 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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A father-of-four has been jailed over an assault that left a woman on life support with a brain injury.

Jasmine Mellow was kneed in the face by Alapati Jake Lemuelu in a brawl in the car park of the Glen Hotel in Eight Mile Plains in the early hours of December 9 last year.

Ms Mellow was in a coma for two days. She is still recovering a year later and is unable to work or drive.

a person standing in front of a building: Jasmine Mellow told 9News she was hoping her attacker would receive a longer jail sentence but was glad he had pleaded guilty.© 9News Jasmine Mellow told 9News she was hoping her attacker would receive a longer jail sentence but was glad he had pleaded guilty.

The brawl started on the hotel verandah when Ms Mellow asked Lemuelu to stop speaking to this girlfriend "like that".

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The court was told Ms Mellow and her friends had witnessed Lemuelu and a woman yelling at each other and the woman was visibly upset.

One of her friends then palmed him in the chest, before he punched her and another woman in the face.

The fight then spilled out into the car park where it was caught on security camera.

Prosecutor Lara Soldi today said the behaviour was "terrifying, ruthless and totally unjustifiable".

a man standing in front of a window: Alapati Jake Lemuelu (right) outside court, where he told 9News he was 'sorry'.© 9News Alapati Jake Lemuelu (right) outside court, where he told 9News he was 'sorry'. a group of people standing on the side of a road: The brawl spilled out into the car park where it was caught on CCTV, obtained exclusively by 9News.© Supplied The brawl spilled out into the car park where it was caught on CCTV, obtained exclusively by 9News.

Lemuelu's defence lawyer Shaune Irving from Molony MacCallum Adelshahied Lawyers said his client was embarrassed after seeing the video and had offered his apologies.

He pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm while in company and was sentenced to four years in jail, suspended after one year for an operational period of four years.

Ms Mellow said the sentence was "not good at all, not good enough" and she "wouldn't wish [the assault] on anybody, not even my worst enemy".

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