Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Man Knocked Unconscious Was Case of 'Mistaken Identity'

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Man Knocked Unconscious Was Case of 'Mistaken Identity'

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Janessa Ekert

janessa.ekert@dailymercury.com.au

IT WAS a case of mistaken identity that led to Tevita Feiloakitau king hitting a stranger.

The victim, a 22-year-old man, fell to the ground unconscious. The single blow resulted in two fractures to the man's jaw, one of which was a compound fracture that required the insertion of a plate and screws.

No words were spoken before Feiloakitau, then 21, landed the blow to the right side of the man's face, Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said. The victim had been sitting at a Mackay nightclub with his back to the entrance and didn't see Feiloakitau approach. Feiloakitau told officers he and his friend had had an altercation with the man earlier that night. The victim denied any such lead-up, the District Court in Mackay was told.

Mr Manttan said the Crown didn't accept Feiloakitau's version and described it as an "unprovoked attacked in a public venue" that caused serious injury.

Feiloakitau pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm. …

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