Man admits headbutt attack

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 01 Mei 2013 | 19.55

A MAN who headbutted a pair of strangers in a Moonah pub was suffering from insomnia and had mixed sleeping tablets with alcohol, the Supreme Court in Hobart has heard.

Storeman David Laurence Croswell, 29, appeared before Justice Peter Evans and pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

Crown Prosecutor Yolanda Prenc told the court the man and some friends were playing eight-ball with another group at the Moonah Bar and Cafe on August 12 last year.

Around 11.30pm, Croswell approached two men and pretended to strike them with a pool cue.

In security video footage shown to the court, he then suddenly headbutted both and punched one of the men in the face.

He was then ejected by security.

The prosecutor said one of the victims suffered multiple facial fractures and required surgery and a stay in intensive care after the assault, was off work for four months and continues to suffer from the effects of his injuries.

Defence lawyer Wayne Olding said his client was at the time a shift worker suffering from insomnia and had just seen a doctor who prescribed Temazepam.

After taking the drug, he disregarded the doctor's advice not to drink.

Mr Olding said Croswell had no recollection of the attack but accepted he was responsible and was shocked, ashamed and remorseful at his actions.

Justice Evans noted that Croswell has a previous conviction for disturbing the peace at the 2009 Hobart Cup when he became involved in a melee.

He sentenced Croswell to nine months in jail, suspending the sentence on the condition he not reoffend for two years and fined him $2000.

Croswell pleaded guilty to common assault in the Magistrates Court in November last year for his attack on the second man and was fined $500.

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