Man sobs as he's jailed for carpark hammer assault
A MAN who tried to hit a fisherman in the head with a hammer after he was confronted by him in a carpark will spend the next four months behind bars.
In the early hours of October 10, a trawler worker had just arrived at the Mooloolaba Marina carpark when he saw a group of four men he believed were trying to break into cars.
He repeatedly told the group of men - who included his attacker Benjamin Lewis Wright, 36, - to leave but they refused and tried to convince the man they worked there.
Wright then went to his car, grabbed a builder's hammer and swung it towards the man.
After he missed, he grabbed his victim's bag and hit him in the face, causing the man to reel back.
The court heard the man suffered a 4cm laceration to his right eye, 1cm laceration to his upper lip and abrasions to his ear.
Throughout the proceedings, Wright was heard sobbing loudly.
Wright pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this afternoon to single counts of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed in company, possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils and contravening a court order.
In a written statement, the victim told the court he had "throbbing headaches" and experienced loss of income, adding "due to the violent actions of others, I have to suffer".
In two unrelated crimes, Wright breached a court order in April, then in March he was found with 1.5g of amphetamines and drug utensils in his home.
Wright's lawyer John McDonald argued that his client had previously worked at the docks and was in the carpark looking for a phone that had been left in the back of a friend's car.
"It looked like he'd struck the man with the hammer... but he said on his first day in court he never hit him," Mr McDonald said.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said she was "struggling" with his lawyer's explanation and sentenced Wright to 18 months imprisonment with a parole release date in April, 2018 and fined him a total of $1350.