Fighter on good behaviour bond

A GOONELLABAH man who was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence has been let off on a good behaviour bond after his appeal was heard in Lismore District Court .

Joshua Adam Flynn, 24, was convicted in September of affray.

He had been involved in a fight at the Lismore Heights Bowling Club on May 24 this year.

Flynn and another man, Aaron Wilton, repeatedly punched David Thomas and accused him of allegedly sexually assaulting Wilton’s sister.

According to police facts, Thomas fell to the ground, where Flynn and Wilton continued to punch and kick him.

When police arrived at the scene, Wilton told them: “He f***ing touched up my little sister, man. F*** him! So I f***ing got him ... he’s lucky I didn’t rip his f***ing head off.”

Flynn tried to stop Wilton from speaking by covering his mouth with his hand and telling him to ‘shut up’.

Defence lawyer Ralph James said his client had realised he had done the wrong thing.

But the Crown argued that Flynn had shown ‘no remorse’ and that the ‘level of violence was high’.

Judge James Black said he was not satisfied that a term of imprisonment was appropriate for the offence.

Flynn was placed on a good behaviour bond for 12 months, but the judge warned him that if he breached the bond, ‘things would get worse, not better’.

“I think you may need some help,” Judge Black told Flynn.

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