A BALLARAT man smashed a beer bottle over another man’s head after they argued about selling a bed, a court has heard.
Daryl Turnbull, 29, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to recklessly causing serious injury.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Pepe Brown told the court that on Australia Day this year, Turnbull and the victim were both drinking alcohol in a unit in Ballarat East.
Leading Senior Constable Brown said the pair talked about the sale of Turnbull’s bed, which prompted a “heated verbal argument”.
The court heard the victim left the unit after the argument and made it about 100 metres before he noticed Turnbull following him.
“The accused had armed himself with a stubby ... neither person was drinking stubbies of beer,” he said.
“When the victim moved closer, the accused struck the victim with the bottle to the head, the bottle shattered on impact.”
Leading Senior Constable Brown said both men then wrestled on the street until they were broken up by passers-by.
The court heard the victim was hospitalised as a result of the attack and three weeks later, Turnbull handed himself into police.
Defence lawyer Karen Chibert said Turnbull had never been before an adult court before and said this was completely out of character.
Magistrate Frank Jones said Turnbull’s behaviour was unacceptable. “You don’t belt someone over the head with a stubby,” he said.
Turnball was sentenced to four months’ jail, suspended for 18 months.