Launceston man jailed over attack on ‘helpless man’

A Launceston man who punched, headbutted and kicked a “helpless man” will spend at least three months behind bars.

Paul Lance Broad was sentenced in the Launceston Supreme Court this week, having pleaded guilty to assault.

Broad met his victim on the same night he assaulted him.

Both men had been drinking with another person on June 1 this year.

Later in the night, Broad grabbed the victim, pushing him to the floor, dragging him into another room, punching him, headbutting him and kicking him to the head.

The attack left the man unconscious and suffering serious head injuries, a broken nose, severe bruising to his face, swelling on his brain and cuts on his tongue and lips.

In passing sentence, acting Justice Pierre Slicer said the attack “had a long-lasting effect on the complainant and those effects will continue for some period of time and involve anxiety, depression and fear generally”.

But he said Broad was young and “may be able to make a fresh start”.

Broad already had a suspended sentence hanging over his head and that sentence was activated by acting Justice Slicer.

He was sentenced to an additional three months in prison, to be served cumulatively with the suspended sentence.