Disability pensioner attacked by drug-crazed man
HIGH on a "cocktail of drugs" a man has beaten up a disability pensioner twice his age in an unprovoked attack.
Troy Dennis Browning, 34, drove his car into a Maroochydore unit complex on December 16, 2017 and left it idling.
The car was left running for 15 minutes making a loud noise and clogging up the surroundings with fumes.
It caused the 62-year-old complainant to eventually knock on Browning's door to ask him to switch the engine off.
An "aggressive" Browning charged out the front door brandishing a "long" speaker and struck the man in the head.
The pensioner fell down unconscious and later Browning was arrested and charged.
This morning Browning pleaded guilty to one count of grievous bodily harm in Maroochydore District Court.
Crown prosecutor Amy McGee told the court the victim suffered both physical and mental injuries.
"He suffered significant fractures and required surgical reconstruction," the court heard.
"One of his eyes is quite sunken and it has led to depression."
The court heard of Browning's lengthy criminal history and that he was on parole for a drug trafficking offence at the time.
Browning has been in custody since March this year.
The victim was present inside the courtroom with a patch covering his eye despite the attack nearly 12 months ago.
Browning's lawyer Patrick Meehan told the court his client was drawn back to drugs to deal with PTSD from a prison attack.
"He returned to past behaviours and made a horrendous mistake," the court heard.
Mr Meehan told the court of Browning's good attempts towards rehabilitation in jail.
Chief Judge Kerry O'Brien sentenced Browning to a two and a half years in jail with a parole eligibility date set for April 5.