Taunting text message leads to vicious assault

ONE punch thrown in anger has left a Toowoomba man languishing in jail.

Toowoomba District Court heard Paul David Johnson, 41, had been taunted by text messages from the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend.

Out riding his bicycle on November 22, 2014, Johnson coincidentally saw the victim sitting in his car on Hamilton St, Newtown.

He got off his bike and punched the victim once to the side of the face, breaking his jaw which required surgery, Crown prosecutor Caitlyn Thompson said.

Surprisingly, the woman at the centre of the dispute was in court supporting Johnson who pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm.

His barrister Frank Martin told the court his client had arrived at court prepared to go to jail and had his worldly possessions in a plastic shopping bag.

His client had a long standing drug problem but his only previous offences of violence were some years ago, Mr Martin submitted.

Judge Deborah Richards noted Johnson's lengthy criminal history and sentenced him to two years in jail but ordered he be released on parole on October 10 after having served eight months.


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