Kieran Campbell | 17th October 2009
WHEN a man wouldn’t
shake Daniel Liam Mansfield’s hand during Australia Day celebrations he punched
him so hard it snapped a tooth off at the gum.
Tipping the scales at
150kg, Mansfield, nicknamed Tank by his mates, packed plenty of
His victim, 80kg Joseph Leonard McLucas, was only hit once but
would still undergo more than $20,000 worth of restorative dental
The pair were strangers to each other when they met on East Street,
Rockhampton, on the morning of January 27 last year.
Mr McLucas, 18,
politely refused to shake hands and walked away before Mansfield, 25, landed the
Mr McLucas fell to his knees and started spitting up blood
One tooth was snapped off at the gum and another was knocked
completely out. Other teeth were chipped and loose.
Mansfield walked past
the teenager, telling him he should have shaken his hand.
He jumped into
his car and was driven to a service station where he washed a cut on his hand
from the attack.
Back on East Street, a mate took off his shirt to apply
pressure to Mr McLucas’s mouth before an ambulance arrived and took him to
Mr McLucas was then taken to a Brisbane hospital to
have his lip reconstructed.
On Thursday Mansfield blubbered in
Rockhampton District Court after he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily
harm to Mr McLucas.
He wiped his nose with tissues from his pocket as
barrister Jeff Clarke told the court Mansfield was “a young man of high
character” who was “very sorry for what he did”.
Mansfield was jailed for
two years but he will only spend six months behind bars.
Julie Marsden described the Australia Day incident as an “unprovoked, cowardly
attack on a young man”.
Mansfield was supported in court by his
girlfriend and by his parents, who he lives with at Taroomball, between Yeppoon
and Emu Park on the Capricorn Coast.
Mr Clarke handed up in court a large
series of references for the machinery operator who he said “is not the type of
fellow who goes around looking for trouble”.
“His behaviour on that night
was entirely out of character,” Mr Clarke said.
“Mr Mansfield does not
represent an ongoing threat to the community.
Mr Clarke said Mansfield
had been on antidepressants since a traffic accident in 2006 when the elderly
driver of the car he collided with died at the scene.
Mansfield asked his
barrister to offer a public apology to Mr McLucas.