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Australia Irish man jailed over a punch in WA

11:52  14 september  2018
11:52  14 september  2018 Source:   msn.com

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AN Irish man who punched a fellow pub patron, causing a traumatic brain injury, has been jailed in Western Australia for two years. Tensions escalated between two groups at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow in Northbridge in February last year and a further confrontation happened after they left

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An Irish man who punched a fellow pub patron, causing a traumatic brain injury, has been jailed in Western Australia for two years.

Tensions escalated between two groups at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow in Northbridge in February last year and a further confrontation happened after they left the pub, the WA District Court heard on Friday.

But the victim was not trying to fight when Ashley Burrows, 26, punched him to the head, causing the victim to fall backwards and hit his head on the pavement.

"The complainant really wasn't doing anything aggressive at the time you punched him," Judge Troy Sweeney said.

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"He might have been making a complete nuisance of himself inside the pub earlier - I don't know that for sure.

"But it's clear you weren't under any sort of attack from him at all when you punched (him) and nor were either of your mates."

The victim suffered post-traumatic amnesia, and has difficulty concentrating and multi-tasking.

Judge Sweeney noted Burrows, who came to Australia in 2013, had prior convictions for drunken violence and warned him about his alcohol use.

She accepted Burrows was remorseful and had written a letter to the victim, but said personal and general deterrence were significant sentencing factors.

Burrows, who pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, must serve at least one year behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.

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