A Canberra man who punched a random passer-by in the face after an Anzac Day drinking binge last year has avoided a jail term.
- Jeb Bandy punched random stranger to ground
- Victim lost tooth, has permanent nerve damage
- Bandy sentenced to corrections order, community service
The victim sustained permanent nerve damage and lost one tooth with others damaged.
Jeb Bandy, 32, had just been thrown out of a club nearby when he punched the victim, a worker from overseas, while he was walking to work.
The court heard when Bandy was placed in a police van at the scene he yelled: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, you f***ers.”
Bandy said he was so intoxicated he had no recollection of the events.
CCTV images of the attack show Bandy casually walking past the man, with the next image showing the man on the ground and Bandy walking away.
He described the CCTV footage as sickening, and immediately signed up for counselling, which he has continued.
Justice Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson told the court an assessment had found Bandy was remorseful and was at low to moderate risk of reoffending.
She told the court it was unacceptable for innocent members of the public to be attacked by drunk young men.
She addressed Bandy directly, telling him: “You have committed a very serious offence.”
“You know that you could have killed this man.”
Justice Loukas-Karlsson sentenced Bandy to 30 months on an intensive corrections order.
But she told Bandy that was not a lenient sentence, saying she had taken into account his remorse and circumstances.
“You are at a crossroads, please do not waste the opportunity, Mr Bandy,” she said.
“What you did was wrong. You must now continue to do right or you will go to jail.”
Bandy has also been ordered to complete 250 hours of community service and to continue with counselling help.