Trio jailed for brutal baseball bat attacks
A FALLING out between old mates led to one man being twice bashed and three men jailed.
Toowoomba District Court heard Ricky James Carr, 31, and Kieren Patrick Bright, 32, had been long-term friends of the 31-year-old victim man, but the pair had fallen out with the complainant in the months leading up to an altercation in March.
While no true explanation for the rift was aired in court, defence barrister Robbie Davies said it appeared ill feeling had arisen between his client Carr and the complainant after the complainant had shown an interest in Carr's 23-year-old female cousin.
On the night of March 26, Carr and Bright had confronted the man at Carr's family home in Warwick prompting the complainant to drive home, followed by the pair.
Arriving home, the complainant alighted from his car to see Carr and Bright in his driveway holding wooden or metal bats, Crown prosecutor David Jones told the court.
The pair had then assaulted the victim, striking him with bats as he fought back.
The victim was treated at Warwick Hospital for bruising to his left forearm, right chest and ribs, an abrasion to his knee and a cut to the back of the head which required stitches, Mr Jones said.
Four days later, Darren Joshua Marsh, 23, who also knew the victim, went with Carr and Bright to the victim's home in the early hours of March 30.
The victim woke to hear the trio inside his home and confronted them in his dining room where he was again punched, kicked and struck with a bat before the trio left.
After that assault, the man was treated at Warwick Hospital for bruising to his face, shoulder, elbow and buttock, two rectangular shaped bruises to his left chest measuring 5x20cm, a cut to the back of his head which required stitches and a cut to his left ankle.
The trio, who had spent almost six months in pre-sentence custody, pleaded guilty yesterday to their respective roles in the attacks, Mr Davies arguing that Marsh's involvement was lesser than the other two.
Judge Tony Rafter SC noted Carr and Bright had extensive criminal histories and that both had spent time in jail before.
He sentenced each to five years in jail, but ordered Carr be eligible to apply for release on parole as of December 2, 2015, and Bright as of November 30, 2015.
Marsh was sentenced to three-and-a-half years' jail, the term to be suspended after he has served 12 months.