Jail for glassing attack

failed bid to ‘start new life’
failed bid to ‘start new life’

Police prosecutor Jim Scott said Stephen John Everson was at Peel Alehouse on February 28.

Everson saw the complainant and thought he had been involved in an earlier altercation.

Everson hit the right side of the victim’s head with a bottle causing injuries to his face, a laceration above his right ear that needed sutures and a bruise on his right eye.

He then punched the victim in the head while he was lying on the ground.

Everson said he should not have hit the victim with a bottle and ‘should have just punched him up’.

The court heard the complainant’s victim impact statement, in which he described his hypersensitivity to people and fear of a random attack since the glassing.

He also suffered from anxiety because of the possibility of seeing Everson again.

The victim said he now had a protruding scar above his right eye, and suffered from a sore jaw and stiff neck.

He also suffered a financial loss due to the wounding.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards said Everson showed little remorse for his actions and assaulted the victim while he was defenceless on the ground.

She said with the prevalence of glassing offences at licensed premises, others need to be discouraged from offending in that way.

Everson’s lawyer told the court he had come to WA to make a new life after committing armed robbery in Queensland and accumulating $23,000 in fines.

His goals in WA were to gain employment, play sport and reach the elite level.

Everson was jailed for 12½ months for one count of unlawful wounding and received a further two months imprisonment for one count of occasioning bodily harm, to be served concurrently.