THE Mandurah community should take comfort in the full weight of the law coming down on those who commit violent acts in the nightclub precinct.
This was the plea from a police prosecutor during the sentencing of a man who struck a victim from behind during a fight in the central business district on September 22.
Noel Michael James Culbong (25) pleaded guilty to common assault when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday.
The prosecutor said a group was asked to leave Norma Jeans in the Smart Street Mall and once outside Culbong punched the victim.
The court was told Culbong came up behind the victim and punched him, causing him to fall to the floor.
Culbong had drunk 15 beers before he saw the altercation spill out of the nightclub, the duty lawyer said. Culbong had also been coming down from dexamphetamine use.
The lawyer said Culbong had a temper due to his turbulent past.
However, Culbong was getting his life back on track and had engaged with a program to help him gain employment.
The court was told Culbong had a history of violent offences.
Magistrate Anne Longden said the community was “fed up” with the violence in town. She sentenced Culbong to seven months imprisonment. He will be eligible for parole.