Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Attacker Warned: Next Time It's Jail

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Attacker Warned: Next Time It's Jail

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Byline: JANINE HILL

A FATHER of two knocked out another man with one punch after bingeing on at least 20 vodka and energy drink mixes at a Noosa hotel.

A judge warned Troy Nathan Reed to stay at home with his family the next time he thinks about going out on the town drinking.

An emotional Reed, 33, was sentenced to a year's imprisonment yesterday after pleading guilty to a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm. He was released on immediate parole but was warned he would likely go to jail if he came before the courts on a similar charge.

The Maroochydore District Court heard that Reed had been drinking at the Villa Noosa Hotel on July 7 last year when he sprinted up behind a man who was leaving the hotel and punched him in the back of the head.

Crown prosecutor Alex Stark said the victim fell to the ground unconscious and Reed then took a swing at a witness.

Mr Stark acknowledged that Reed had since apologised twice to his victim, who had tried to have the charge dropped and did not want to see his assailant go to jail. …

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