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Teen who attacked step-brother like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

A LISMORE magistrate described a 19-year-old who broke his stepbrother's jaw in a brutal assault as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde because of his alcohol-fuelled behavioural issues.

Harley James King of South Lismore appeared before Magistrate David Heilpern at Lismore Local Court on Monday for sentencing, pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

On April 18, the victim, Michael King, 21, arrived at the pair's South Lismore home with his partner about 9pm after a night out.

Soon after, the offender arrived home with several friends, began speaking unintelligibly to the victim and his partner and then asked for a beer, which was refused.

After he kicked the victim and his partner out of the house, they returned, to a volatile reaction.

According to facts of the case, the offender put the victim on the floor, punched him in the face and then positioned him between a wall and a bed, where the attack continued.

The victim was punched multiple times in the head and body before the fracas spilled outside and the victim was pinned down and punched numerous times in the head.

The offender was restrained by friends and arrested at Hungry Jacks, the next day.

The victim suffered multiple fractures to his jaw, swelling and bruising on much of his face and needed surgery.

Magistrate Heilpern said the offender should simply not drink alcohol.

"It's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde," he said, adding that the 19-year-old had previously worked "terrifically" alongside his brother.

"If you come back for anything you have reached the last step before full time imprisonment.

"How long would you last at Kempsey or Long Bay (prisons)? Not five minutes."

Glowing references were tendered to the court by the offender's mother, his employer and even his victim, who didn't want to see the 19-year-old jailed.

The offender was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, to be served as an Intensive Correction Order in the community from July 24.

Topics:  lismore local court



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