Two months jail for assault
WITH a resigned "See ya" to his courtroom supporters, Joshua Robinson, 25, was taken from Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday to start a two-month stint in jail for assault.
In a courtroom crowded with friends and family members of the accused, one was heard to say: "It could have been a lot worse, he's lucky."
It got quite bad for complainant Jason Price, 24, who had his nose broken after one incident with Robinson in February this year.
The two were together in a house in Wistari St when Robinson accused Mr Price of stealing his mother's medication.
The disagreement continued after Mr Price left the house and walked down the street.
Robinson jumped from a car and punched him.
Defence solicitor Brad Krebs said "to call Mr Robinson's background harrowing would be an understatement".
The court heard the defendant drank heavily and abused drugs partly due to psychological issues linked to his past.
In addition, Robinson had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and sometimes heard things that weren't necessarily real, leading to him misinterpreting situations and lashing out.
He has a history of violent offences, which Magistrate Russell Warfield described as "unenviable, to say the least" in one so young.
In imposing a penalty including jail time and a two year good behaviour order, Mr Warfield said while Robinson's upbringing was bad, so was his violent behaviour.
"You've taken it upon yourself to administer your own justice, and that cannot be tolerated," he said.