Recklessly Causing Serious Injury – ICO

The accused was a 21 year old with no prior Court appearances or convictions. He was charged with seriously assaulting by punching her to the head, causing a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain. The assault occurred in the context of the couple having an argument over an affair that the victim was having with another male. At the time of the assault, the accused was very drunk and did not usually drink alcohol.

We represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for the charge of Recklessly causing serious injury.

It was submitted that due to the accused’s age and lack of prior criminal convictions that, despite the seriousness of the offence, he should be afforded an opportunity to remain in the community. The Magistrate agreed and sentenced the accused to 5 months’ imprisonment, to be served by way of an Intensive Correction Order (ICO), which would include counselling for anger management and alcohol abuse.


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