Man jailed for Sydney nightclub attackOn 01/31/2019 by admin
A man who punched an unsuspecting partygoer at a Sydney nightclub for no reason has been sentenced to at least 14 months for the drunken attack.
Sebastian Bell, 24, was enjoying a night out with friends at Candy’s Apartment in Kings Cross last November when he was suddenly punched on the left side of his head.
As he lay on the ground, Christopher Speight’s attack on him continued, with the 29-year-old straddling him and attempting to land more blows before being dragged off by Mr Bell’s friend.
In sentencing the chef on Wednesday, Judge John North said he took no pleasure in sending Speight to prison as he was remorseful, hardworking and a loving husband.
But Speight’s attack was one of “serious violence”, fracturing Mr Bell’s jaw.
“He moved a considerable distance at a considerable speed to inflict one blow on a completely unsuspecting victim,” Judge North told Sydney’s District Court.
“It is difficult to understand why this man has such a brain snap,” Judge North said.
Speight previously told the court he had been so drunk on the night of the attack that when police told him about what happened, he thought it was a case of mistaken identity.
“I didn’t believe I had done anything wrong,” the 29-year-old said earlier this month.
But after seeing CCTV footage of the night, Speight told police: “I don’t remember … I must have been drinking a lot.
“It looks like I just hit someone for no reason.”
Judge North said Speight had worked hard to rehabilitate himself since the incident, having wrestled with alcohol since he was 14 years old when he was introduced to it in the family home.
Speight’s wife cried and hugged her husband in court as he was taken into custody for the first time.
He was sentenced to at least 14 months and a maximum of 27 months for recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, and will he eligible for release in January 2016.