Post-Cup day punches land man suspended sentence
A CHEF who unexpectedly punched another man twice in the head and was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm has got off with a suspended sentence.
Calvin Stanley Cullen was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, but wholly suspended.
The court heard that on Melbourne Cup day last year, Cullen, 38, had been drinking at Gladstone Turf Club before heading to the Rocky Glen Hotel.
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He didn't know the victim, but they were both standing close to the entrance of the gaming room when an argument broke out.
Security guards were quick to respond to the disturbance, but they did not anticipate what would happen next, the court heard.
Cullen, with the closed fist of his right hand, swung at his victim's head, making contact with the left side.
He struck again, this time an uppercut, causing an 8cm gash, bruising and swelling.
Magistrate Brian Kucks told Cullen the community and the courts were fed up with drunken violence.
"You're indeed extremely fortunate to be standing here with this charge and that someone is not dead because of your actions," he said.
"We all know one punch can kill. There is no sentence other than imprisonment suitable for this offence."
Although the sentence was suspended Cullen was ordered to pay $500 compensation to his victim.