Jail for bashing cousin's defacto

MURWILLUMBAH heavy machinery operator Raymond Gary Mitchell who bashed his cousin's defacto in a family feud causing the man severe head injuries will serve two years in jail.

Mitchell, 31, was sentenced in Lismore District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm to Brandon Dorney, 30, near The Clock in Main Street, Murwillumbah, on the evening of July 7, 2007.

Mr Dorney had to be revived at the scene and was placed in a two-week induced coma in a Gold Coast hospital.

Judge James Black sentenced Mitchell to three years' jail and ordered he serve the non-parole period of two years, making him eligible for release on September 7, 2011.

In evidence before the court Mr Dorney had an argument with his former defacto Kym Wright earlier that day at their home, and a later disagreement about his car in a telephone conversation with her mother Janelle Wright, of Condong.

Mr Dorney recalled telling Mrs Wright: “I just want my car back you old cow.”

Later that night he left the Murwillumbah Hotel where Mitchell had also been drinking and was attacked as he walked along the street.

At first Mr Dorney had no recollection of the assault but later began recalling more of the incident, but is left with a permanent loss of his senses for taste and smell.

In a statement to police he said his now former defacto Kym 'told me I was bashed by Raymond Mitchell following a discussion at her mother's home that night about getting me'.

“I believe Raymond assaulted me because of a family vendetta against me. I was the defacto of his cousin and have had a number of disagreements with her parents due to our relationship problems.”

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