A NEIGHBOUR just wanting peace and quiet was assaulted for his troubles.
And one of the men involved was jailed for his unprovoked attack.
The 46-year-old mine worker had left a note on a neighbour’s door explaining that his partner was ill and that he was on nightshift.
About 4.45pm on May 30 this year several people, including Andergrove resident Christos Panagakos, knocked on the victim’s door holding the note asking what it was all about, the Mackay Magistrates Court was told.
Panagakos ripped the security screen door from its hinges, stepped forward and punched the man in his head several times, prosecutor Sheena Hayes said.
The victim pushed Panagakos back down the stairs and told him to leave.
However, the defendant jumped back up and stood in a boxing stance, the court was told.
The victim was then king hit in the head by another man, Ms Hayes said.
Panagakos pleaded guilty to common assault and wilful damage.
Defence solicitor Mark Williams, of Potts Lawyers, said his client was there primarily as a party to the offence. Panagakos accepted his response was excessive, Mr Williams said.
The victim’s “main injury (was) conducted by a person other than my client”, Mr Williams said.
The 23-year old had spent several days in presentence custody and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, Mr Williams said.
Magistrate Ron Muirhead said the appropriate penalty for his actions was a term of imprisonment.
Mr Muirhead said it was a “serious” matter.
For the common assault Panagakos was jailed for three months with a parole release date of August 13 this year. For the wilful damage he was convicted and not further punished.
Panagakos waved at people in the courtroom as he was led away by police.
Story By: Janessa Ekert | Mackay Daily Mercury | 15th July 2015
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