News

Man jailed for glassing face of ex-partner's boyfriend

EIGHT months, 32 weeks, 224 days. Any way you break it down, it's a whole lot longer than most people would want to find themselves spending behind bars.

For Thomas Samuel Atua, that is exactly what awaits him, after being sentenced in Gladstone District Court on Friday morning.

The 50-year-old New Zealand native was due to face trial on Fruday, but Atua entered a plea of guilty to one count of unlawful wounding, relieving the necessity for a jury to be empanelled.

The indictment originated from an incident on June 22, 2012, when Atua glassed the face of his ex-partner's new boyfriend.

Crown Prosecutor Clare Hurley told the court the details of the attack, which took place at the Rocky Glen Hotel on the night in question, when Atua went to RGs to watch The Radiators' gig.

Ms Hurley said Atua had seen his ex and the victim at the hotel, before heated words were exchanged between the former couple.

The verbal exchange between the two escalated, with Atua finally throwing the remains of his drink in her face.

Following this, the victim then approached Atua, when Atua struck him in the face with the glass.

The victim said he immediately felt blood flow from his face following the hit.

"He felt something hit his face and knew he'd been cut straight away," Ms Hurley told the court.

Defence barrister David Murray told the court his client had been subjected to racial abuse from his former partner on the night, prior to the attack.

"She (ex) got right in his (Atua's) face and gave him the finger and repeated 'Why don't you f**k off you black c**t?' and he (Atua) just lost his temper and threw the drink on her," Murray told the court.

"He (Atua) saw the complainant moving towards him and saw the complainant raise his hands in a pugilistic pose and my client made the decision to make a pre-emptive strike."

The glassing attack made by the qualified musician left the victim with five lacerations to his face, requiring about 34 stitches to heal the wounds.

Atua was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment, to serve eight months in jail before a parole release date which was set down for October 27, 2014 and he will remain on parole for the remainder of the sentence.

Topics:  assault, crime, gladstone district court, glassing




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Show me the jobs: Officeworks has 25 on offer

Office Works will open in the old Sassi building on Hansen Road.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Officeworks to open in September.

PHOTOS: Do these paint drips on a Gladstone shopping centre look intentional?

Paint drips run down the mural.

THE company that owns the shopping centre explains.

YOUR GUIDE: Flynn candidates hand in their resumes

WHO is most qualified for Flynn's top job?

Latest deals and offers

Soccer kids enjoy clinic

Clinton's Charles Heeron - Senior Soccer between Clinton and Meteors. Saturday, May 14th, 2016.

A League goalkeeper Michael Theo was passing down his soccer wisdom to about 30...

Soccer kids enjoy clinic

Clinton's Charles Heeron - Senior Soccer between Clinton and Meteors. Saturday, May 14th, 2016.

A League goalkeeper Michael Theo was passing down his soccer wisdom to about 30...

Oddis the foster dog

Oddis the foster dog

Oddis the foster dog needs a forever home.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward