One-punch attack leaves lasting consequences

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced on one charge of causing grievous bodily harm.
A 20-year-old man has been sentenced on one charge of causing grievous bodily harm. FILE

ONE-PUNCH attacker Ryan Alston Murray may have walked free from court but his violent outburst has not been without consequence.

His immediate remorse, demonstrated by loaning the victim his shirt to stem bleeding caused by the punch, went in the 20-year-old's favour when he was sentenced in Maroochydore District Court on Monday.

The court heard the two men knew each for about 18 months before the incident out the front of an Alexandra Headland house party on June 7 last year.

Murray had been removing a young woman from a car that had stopped at the front of the house party he was attending when the 21-year-old victim told him to leave her alone.

He ran at the victim and punched him to the right side of his face.

The impact caused fractures to the man's eye socket, sinus region and cheekbone.

He required surgery to insert titanium plates and screws to mend the damage.

Defence barrister Stephen Courtney said Murray had worked at Sizzler restaurant as well as for a plasterer and was effectively working seven days a week.

Mr Courtney said his client had drank three ciders on the evening of the incident but was not feeling the effects of alcohol.

He noted his client was not a large man and weighed about 60kg at the time.

"It was an unlucky punch, if I can put it that way," Mr Courtney said.

He said Murray had since unsuccessfully applied for jobs with the army as well as Ergon Energy and thought the grievous bodily harm charge would have counted against him.

Murray was also willing to pay $5160.96 restitution sought for his victim's medical expenses.

Judge John Robertson noted Murray had been grieving a young friend who had died not long before the incident.

Judge Robertson regarded the punch as a sudden reaction and noted Murray's immediate remorse.

"I'm satisfied this was a one-off event that won't be repeated," Judge Robertson said.

He ordered Murray perform 240 hours of community service and placed him on a two-year probation order.

Murray was also ordered to pay $5160.96 restitution.

A conviction was not recorded.

Topics:  alexandra headland assault court grievous bodily harm house party one punch sunshine coast

Burnouts' roaring success at Carina

Carina Speedway Bundy Burnouts event.

Organisers pleased with first Bundy Burnouts

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Local Partners

Watch out for river work if you are on the Burnett

BOATIES using the reaches of the Burnett River near Strathdee's boat ramp may notice a barge undertaking work

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Workshops to show you how to bring puppets to life

STRING SECTION: Two puppet-making workshops will be held in the region.

Ever wanted to know how to make puppets?

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Brisbane snake catcher shows who's the Boss

Brisbane snake catcher Julia Baker returns in season two of Snake Boss.

Hit show Snake Boss is back for another season

The Summer that Melted Everything

See what happens when you invite the devil to town

Leonardo DiCaprio nearly drowned while filming

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Oscar winner almost drowned in Galapagos

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track