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Pretty boys don't do well in jail, puncher told

THROWING several punches to the back of a stranger's head should have cost Trevor Robert Marxsen a lot more than $500 and two years probation.

The 19-year-old man, who appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday with tears in his eyes, paid a small price, according to Magistrate Brian Kucks.

"You clearly don't read the newspapers or watch the news, do you?" he said.

"A number of idiots have stood where you stand and have gone to jail for long periods of time.

"Pretty young boys like you don't have a good time in prison."

The stern warning was delivered in response to a series of events that took place on September 19, 2014 in Clinton after Marxsen went with his girlfriend to the house of her former partner to collect belongings.

After a verbal altercation at the house, that man become Marxsen's victim.

At 1pm that day, Marxsen hit the unnamed victim in the back of the head before restraining him in a headlock position and throwing punch after punch with a closed fist to the back of the head.

The violence only stopped after the man grabbed Marxsen firmly by the testicles, the court heard.

The victim had promptly reported the afternoon's events to the police.

Marxsen told the court he had done the wrong thing by throwing the first punch.

He said he was aware that one punch could kill.

In the four months since the incident, the victim said he had been suffering from painful and prolonged headaches.

The magistrate ordered Marxsen pay $500 in compensation to his victim for his unjustified acts of violence.

The defendant also was sentenced to complete a two-year probationary period under strict reporting conditions.

No conviction was recorded.

Marxsen left the court visibly emotional, supported by five members of his family who were evidently outraged at the court's ruling, shaking their heads as they left the courtroom.

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