Father sent to jail for nunchakus attack

A FATHER found guilty of violently bashing his former boss with nunchakus has been sent to jail for 16 months.

Rodney James Flick, 37, was sentenced in Bundaberg District Court yesterday, after a jury delivered the guilty verdict for one charge of assault causing bodily harm, last Thursday.

On the day of his sentencing, Flick instructed lawyer Peter Zufic to offer the victim, Shane Hansen, compensation of $5000 to $10,000 for the incident which happened in June last year.

"In that case, the complainant will be compensated for the injuries that he has suffered," Mr Zufic said.

But the offer came too late for Judge Michael Rackemann to consider.

"You did today offer to pay some compensation, but this comes only after you were told at the trial you were likely to receive a custodial sentence," he said.

Judge Rackemann said the Sharon man had shown no remorse for the attack, which left Mr Hansen with a 2cm laceration to the back of his head and several bruises to his body.

"On the day in question, you walked into the complainant's property and began to assault him from behind, with no warning," he said.

"You're certainly fortunate the injuries were not greater."

In his submission, Mr Zufic told the judge that Flick had not planned the attack, however Judge Rackemann thought otherwise.

"You drove your family home before embarking on a journey to the complainant's house and there, took out your anger on him," he said.

Judge Rackemann took into account the fact Flick had been tired on the day of the assault, and that he had two dependants - his unemployed wife and their 11-year-old daughter.

"I am mindful you are the breadwinner for your family," he said.

"However, I am satisfied a custodial sentence is called for."

Flick will be eligible for parole on July 24 next year.



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