Friday, December 6, 2013

Australia: Bethanga Local, 20, Assaults California Tourist, 24, with Bottle of Vodka, Robs Him

According to The Border Mail, a Bathanga resident Brendan Thomas, 20,  was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday (December 5) by Judge Martin Blackmore for the assault and robbery of a California tourist, 24.

The defendant also hit the Californian with a bottle of vodka that required ten stitches on November 23, 2012, and pleaded guilty to both assault and robbery of the victim.

Thomas, who turns 21 later this month, will be eligible for release from prison in November 2016, after he was sentenced in the District Court at Albury.
Judge Blackmore also imposed a further two years on parole and made it mandatory for Thomas to attend residential drug rehabilitation.

COMMENT: The victim had only been in Albury only a few hours when he was attacked and robbed by Thomas and a juvenile.

Reportedly, the victim was lured way from his his car, assaulted and had property stolen. Some of his belongings were later found by police strewn along Bungambrawatha Creek.

The court was told Thomas had been using cannabis, amphetamine, ecstasy and consuming alcohol since the age of 15.

Barrister Christine Mendes said Thomas appeared to have some underlying mental health issue. “Having mental illness is not a licence to commit serious crime,” the Judge countered.

Presumably, the defendant was given credit for time already served as December 5, 2016 amounts to only three years in prison, plus two years of probation and mandatory drug rehabilitation.