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Sex refusal leads to rampage, attack

A BUNDABERG man who caused life-threatening head injuries to a drinking partner after a woman rejected his advances was jailed for three-and-a-half years yesterday.

Bundaberg District Court heard Travis Leslie Crunkhorn, 27, left the victim lying in a pool of blood after punching him and stomping on his head during the attack on March 21, 2009.

Charged with grievous bodily harm, Crunkhorn appeared in handcuffs, having already served eight-and-a-half months in jail since the offence.

Judge Leanne Clare described the attack as vicious.

“You could have killed a man who had done no harm to you,” she said.

The victim spent five days in hospital with a brain injury, plus a broken jaw and cuts to his face.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden said the victim was travelling through Bundaberg when he decided to stay with a friend after the train service failed.

He went with her to her Bundaberg home, and they were later joined by Crunkhorn and another man.

“All were drinking significant amounts of alcohol when the accused became violent after his proposal to one of the girls was rejected,” Ms Farnden said.

Defence counsel Julie Sharp said Crunkhorn had slept with the girl the night before the incident.

Judge Clare said despite that, there was no evidence presented to her that showed the victim had provoked the attack.

Ms Sharp said Crunkhorn had had a fractured upbringing and was raised by his grandparents before being reunited with his mother when he was 16.

The court was told Crunkhorn then travelled with his mother and stepfather through Asia, when his stepfather introduced him to heroin and opium.

“That addiction followed him back to Australia when he settled in Bundaberg and his history reflects that,” Ms Sharp said.

Judge Clare said being drunk at the time of the offence was no excuse.

“When you choose to drink to excess you have to accept responsibility for what you do when you are drunk,” she said.

Crunkhorn, who pleaded guilty and appeared in custody, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

Judge Clare set the parole release date for June 15.

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