Man free after mob attacks dad
A MAN who told some kids off about mucking around with a wheelie bin was set upon by a mob of up to 15 people in front of his helpless wife, a court was told.
Steve Golledge was viciously punched, kicked and had a bottle smashed in the back of his head during the gang assault on August 27 last year.
In Bundaberg District Court yesterday, one of his attackers, Henry John Mason, 37, faced charges of assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault.
But while Mason was given a 15-month prison term, he was immediately paroled - a result that disgusted Mr Golledge's wife, Sharee, who has been left terrified.
“I've lived in this house for 18 years and I'm fearful of living in my own home,” she said.
“If you're sentenced to 12 months you should spend some time in prison.
“We've been sentenced to that because of his actions.
“He should have some consequences - he's just gotten away with it.”
Crown prosecutor Mark Brennan told the court that about 7.30pm, 50-year-old Mr Golledge heard a loud bang out the front of his east Bundaberg home.
He went outside to investigate.
“There was a wheelie bin on the road and two or three children standing across the road,” he said.
Mr Golledge yelled at the children. After another confrontation with a woman over the bins, about 10 to 15 people came back to Mr Golledge's house and set upon him in his own front yard.
“At that time, the defendant punched him in the nose,” Mr Brennan told the court.
Mr Golledge eventually managed to make it back into his home, but as his wife tried to lock the door, Mason punched the screen and spat on her face.
As a result of the attack, Mr Golledge suffered bruising and cuts on his hand and face, swelling in his nose and bruising to his shoulders and back.
Mrs Golledge said her husband eventually found it so hard to breathe he had to have surgery to fix his nose.
Defence counsel Laura Reece said Mason was drunk at the time the offence took place and has fuzzy recollections of what actually happened.
The court heard his step-son had been stabbed to death only weeks before the offences took place.
Judge Anthony Rafter said it was quite a serious assault.
“It's an attack on a man in his own home and to spit at his wife through the door is absolutely despicable,” he said.