'Voices' told man to hurt friend

A MAN who broke his friend’s jaw because “voices told him to” faced Bundaberg Probation Court yesterday.

Trent Jason Applebee, 24, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, driving without a license, possessing drug utensils, public nuisance, breach of bail and breach of probation.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott told the court Applebee’s offences dated from November 2007 to February 2010.

The court heard that on November 22, 2007, at 7.45pm, Applebee attended a friend’s residence where he opened the front gate and began walking up the driveway toward the home where he was intercepted by the friend.

Applebee punched the man in the chin who then fell to the ground while the defendant kicked him in the head a number of times as the victim’s family looked on.

Defence lawyer Rian Dwyer told the court his client suffered from drug-induced schizophrenia and heard voices in his head telling him to hit his friend on the night of the attack.

Applebee had been in custody since February 19, 2010, and Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced him to one month in jail for the breach and 18 months for the assault with immediate parole due to the time already served.

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