TWO men who brutally bashed and almost killed a Wendouree man in 2008 had their appeals for a lighter sentence quashed.
Paul Andrew Arthars, 39, and Corey John Plater, 42, were jailed for 10 years in the County Court at Ballarat last June following an attack which left Michael Green, 49, with an acquired brain injury, limited speech and post traumatic epilepsy.
Three judges in the Supreme Court of Victoria’s Court of Appeal yesterday unanimously dismissed the men’s appeals against the sentence.
Speaking to The Courier after hearing the news, Mr Green’s partner of 25 years, Jodie Campbell, said the family was “overjoyed” at the decision.
“Michael is thrilled with the result and he keeps writing the number 10 in the air,” an emotional Ms Campbell said.
“We were sickened these men would even try to appeal, so to hear they have failed is great news.”
Almost five years after the attack, the once hard-working and active Mr Green now requires full-time care for a long list of mental and physical scars.
His partner and carer Ms Campbell said every day was a struggle for the family.
“Mentally, physically and financially, it’s just a battle,” she said.
“Michael is constantly in a lot of pain and now his injuries have begun to impact him emotionally as well.”
Arthars and Plater recruited a group of men to go to Mr Green’s home and attack him in the early hours of October 4, 2008.
Plater beat Mr Green with a martial arts bo-stick, crushing his head into concrete, before Arthars delivered a second blow with a piece of wood.
The judges yesterday slammed the men’s actions and said the sentence was reasonable.
“The sentence imposed was well within the range of sentences available for a case that fell within the worst category,” the court was told.
“The application for leave to appeal against sentence must be dismissed.”