THE emotional impact of a drunken attack on an innocent victim was highlighted in Mandurah Magistrates Court last week.
Nathan Jack Warren pleaded guilty to common assault, damaging property and disorderly behaviour in public.
The police prosecutor told the court that at 8pm on Friday, March 20, Warren was in a restaurant car park on Sholl Street when he became embroiled in an argument with friends and family, and in his anger punched the window of a Red Rooster car.
The victim walked past and Warren asked him, “What the f**k are you looking at?”
He struck the victim to the side of his face.
Warren continued shouting and screaming at people until police arrived.
The police prosecutor said that media reports on alcohol-fuelled violence rarely mentioned the effects on the victim.
The court was told the victim in this case had been experiencing significant psychological and emotional distress because of the attack.
The duty lawyer said Warren had been fishing and drinking all day.
He had a history of methamphetamine use, but was receiving drug and alcohol treatment.
Magistrate Vivien Edwards said she accepted Warren was remorseful for his behaviour and it was out of character.
She said the attack has significantly affected the victim’s life and would for some time.
Magistrate Edwards fined Warren $1500 to be paid to the victim, a global fine of $800 and ordered he pay Red Rooster $450 for the window.