OPINION: One-punch assault sentence did not meet expectations
A FRACTURED skull, a broken eye socket and severe bleeding to the brain.
These are all shocking injuries young cricketer Tom Freshwater suffered when he tried to stop a fight and was attacked from behind by Jamie Lee Warner.
If someone struck you in such a cowardly and vicious way, would you expect there to be consequences for the attacker
Of course you would.
Instead, 19-year-old Warner was handed an 18-month suspended jail sentence and walked free from Hervey Bay District Court yesterday.
The court heard Warner was remorseful for the attack, it was his regret at hospitalising an innocent person that led to leniency from Judge Julie Ryrie.
I have no doubt he feels remorse - he has been outed as a total coward for his abhorrent actions.
But surely the severe physical and mental trauma he has caused another human being should be given more consideration.
If you can walk free from court after putting a man in a neurological ward for two weeks, then what does it take for a criminal to be put behind bars?
This, to me, looks like another case of sentencing not meeting community expectations.