Gladstone man's ‘ferocious’ beachbashing
HE's done battle with life-threatening cancer but Brodie Jorgensen's street fight on the Gold Coast deserved no sympathy or medal.
The Gladstone man and his mate left one man unconscious and bloodied. But Jorgensen's mate's behaviour was even worse - kneeing and stomping the injured man repeatedly on his head.
Nasty details of the dark flip side to his summer holiday emerged before Gladstone Magistrates Court when Jorgensen, 21, pleaded guilty to assault in company causing bodily harm at Coolangatta on December 13
Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said the victim was extremely lucky given the ferociousness of the assault.
The injured man was admitted to hospital with head and facial injuries and needed stitches.
People were arguing outside a shop at 3am when Jorgensen and his friend got physically involved. And when one person was pushed in the chest Jorgensen struck the man with a closed fist to the face causing the victim to fall back into a window where he tried to punch him again as he fell to the ground.
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Mr Reece said Jorgensen's co-accused kneed the man in the face and also punched with blows to his face.
The co-accused again knee's the man in the head with force causing him to become unconscious. While knocked out Jorgensen's friend kicked him three times to the side of the face.
"Both fled the scene without rendering assistance," Mr Reece said.
Defence barrister Tom Polley said Jorgensen had dealt with life-threatening bone cancer with six major surgeries and rarely drank because of medication.
"On this occasion he was more intoxicated than he'd ever been before drinking with friends," Mr Polley said.
"He became involved when he saw a female friend pushed and he plays a lesser part in the attack. He does not continue when the victim is rendered unconscious."
Magistrate Mark Morrow said being drunk was no excuse but Jorgensen's involvement had been less than his co-accused.
"Gratuitous street violence is not tolerated, people who go out and commit violence on the streets
Jorgensen was sentenced to seven months jail and released immediately on parole, ordered to pay the victim $500 for pain and suffering.