A Kewdale teenager has avoided jail for bashing a deaf and mute man at a Perth train station, with a District Court judge warning him the consequences will be grim if he reoffends in the next year.
Judge Philip Eaton said today offences on people at railway stations were “only too prominent” in the community and everyone was concerned about it as he sentenced 18-year-old Joshua William Bignell to a 12 month pre-sentence order.
Bignell pleaded guilty last year to causing grievous bodily harm to 28-year-old Gosnells man Seow Oh near Oats Street train station in Carlisle in June last year.
Mr Oh was kicked and punched and his eye socket was fractured in the attack.
Judge Eaton said the consequences could have been disastrous for Mr Oh, who relied heavily on his eyesight for sign language.
He said he decided not to sentence Bignell to an immediate jail term because he was young, had a problematic childhood, mental health problems and was “now in a stable situation”.
Judge Eaton warned Bignell he would likely be sent to jail if he reoffended while on the pre-sentence order.
“You can just about bank on that. If things are falling apart, I won’t hesitate to bring it (the order) to an end,” he said.