Man (18) fined but granted spent conviction for one-punch assault

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AN 18-year-old man who jumped over a fence at the Dunsborough leavers party to punch another 18-year-old man has been fined $1000.

Beau Joseph Michon pleaded guilty to common assault when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today .

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Mick Fallows said the victim was waiting in a queue for a ride with a friend at a Dunsborough leavers party called “The Zone” on November 23, 2017.

The 18-year-old heard someone shout at him “Oi you c**t, we have things to sort out” and realised it was Michon who had shouted at him. The victim chose to ignore Michon.

Michon then jumped over a fence and punched the victim once to the face, causing him to double over.

The victim suffered dizziness and a minor concussion after Michon’s punch.

Defence lawyer Margaret McNulty said accusations were made to Michon by the victim at the time and he reacted to them.

However, Ms McNulty said Michon wasn’t intoxicated at the time and felt “extreme remorse”.

Ms McNulty said Michon made a “terrible mistake” that night but he hadn’t made an apology to the victim.

Michon also made a spent conviction application because of his prior good character.

“It’s inexplicable you acted that way,” Magistrate Anne Longden said.

“Being drunk wouldn’t have made it an excuse but it would’ve made sense why you jumped a fence and punched someone in the face.

“It’s fortunate the victim was no more than dizzy”.

Magistrate Longden said to Michon she hoped he was sorry even though he hadn’t told the victim.

She fined him $1000 and granted him a spent conviction order on the charge on the basis he was young and had no previous record.

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