Nixon gets jail time for bashing

LISMORE man Norman Nixon will spend at least 15 months behind bars for bashing a Korean national who was in the country on a working visa.

In an initial case of mistaken identity, Nixon’s twin brother was wrongly arrested over the offence before Norman Nixon, who was in a Queensland jail serving a sentence for unrelated offences, identified himself as the assailant. Nixon, 21, pleaded guilty in the Lismore District Court to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to Se il Lee on October 23 last year.

Acting Judge Neil McLauchlan sentenced Nixon to two years and five months’ jail, with a non-parole period of 15 months.

Nixon was with a group of friends about midnight when he crossed a road to follow Mr Lee as the cleaner walked between jobs at two Lismore shopping centres, and demanded he give him cigarettes.

After taking four cigarettes, Nixon punched Mr Lee in the face, smashing the man’s glasses. Nixon then continued to punch Mr Lee, causing a bruised right eye, fractures to his right cheek bone and broken teeth.

The eye injury required stitches and Mr Lee later required surgery to reposition a damaged pallet.

Judge McLauchlan noted Nixon’s criminal record and said the offender had previously been given leniency by the courts, but then failed to carry out rehabilitation programs that included dealing with his alcohol issues.

He also noted Nixon had a disadvantaged background, had been a foster child, and began using cannabis and alcohol when he was a young teenager.

Acting Judge McLauchlan said Nixon gave evidence he was heavily intoxicated at the time of the assault, but said deterrence was an important objective in sentencing him because it was an unprovoked attack on a vulnerable person who was a stranger.

He said there was no evidence of the crime being premeditated and there had been no kicking or stomping of the victim or use of a weapon.

Acting Judge McLauchlan said Nixon was of below-average intelligence.

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