Stomp victim still suffering the effects

Karen Sweeney
A man is still suffering from trauma after his head was kicked, the County Court has heard

A Victorian man whose head was stomped on and then kicked "soccer style" last year is still suffering the traumatic effects of the attack.

The 56-year-old man has terrible memory loss, headaches and ringing in his ears after the unprovoked kicking while he smoked a cigarette outside a Ballarat guesthouse.

His attacker, 37-year-old Grant Kemp, had been drinking with family who dropped him off at the Ballarat Railway Station so he could catch an airport shuttle.

As the victim, who had also been drinking, lay on the ground near the bus stop outside his guesthouse, Kemp walked directly to him and stomped on his head.

Kemp walked away then returned within a minute and delivered what was described as a "soccer style kick with considerable force" to the man's head.

The victim was motionless after the attack and an ambulance was called, but somehow after being roused by bystanders the man staggered away and found his own way to hospital.

Kemp left the scene and caught the shuttle to Melbourne Airport. He had a ticket to Townsville where he was going to look for work, but missed his flight and returned to Ballarat the same day.

He later admitted himself for inpatient psychiatric care and was arrested days later.

Kemp has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was on medication at the time of the attack, but family say they had noticed some "strange behaviour".

He was drinking heavily at the time because despite the medication, his symptoms were still persisting, his lawyer Eleanor Miller told a pre-sentence hearing in Victoria's County Court on Thursday.

Kemp has no memory of the attack.

His victim too is struggling with memory loss after the incident. He went to hospital three times in the immediate aftermath of the incident and has been referred to specialists including a neurologist since.

Prosecutor Andrew Moore said the man has terrible trouble remembering dates, times and appointments and had missed some specialists appointments which he is now unable to reschedule because of COVID-19.

The pre-sentence hearing will continue on June 24.