Jail for man who punched victim in Mandurah mall brick attack

Mandurah court
Mandurah court

A MAN who punched a man in the face during a brick-attack assault in the Smart Street Mall in April has been jailed for eight months.

Travis Hugh Payne pleaded guilty to common assault when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday.

Police prosecutor Tamara Read said Payne approached the victim in a fighting stance, with his fists raised.

She said Payne punched the male victim in the face with a closed fist and stood over him.

The court was told other people had also been charged with the attack on the man and a woman who came to help.

Senior Constable Read said a brick was thrown at the male victim and he required five staples. Payne was not responsible for those injuries.

Sen Const Read said a co-accused had been charged with the assault on the female victim, who sustained a fractured skull and a perforated eardrum.

Duty Lawyer Clare Hay said Payne was not the main instigator and he had weighed in on the dispute.

She said alcohol was involved and Payne had only met the co-accused men that night.

“For some unknown reason he became involved,” Ms Hay said.

She said Payne acknowledged he became angry when he was drinking and he had since completed an alcohol program and taken part in counselling with Relationships Australia.

Payne was employed as a fly-in fly-out worker.

Magistrate Anne Longden said Payne had a similar matter on his record in 2016. She said it also involved alcohol and Payne being out at night.

Payne will be eligible for parole.

The co-accused men, a Dudley Park man (23) and a Beaconsfield man (19), are due to appear in Perth District Court in January.