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Jailed for cowardly Australia Day attack
Jayden Stephen Pescod, 19, has been jailed for assault. Picture: Lee Griffith/The West Australian

A Gosnells teenager has been jailed for 16 months for kicking and punching a man to the head in a “senseless and cowardly” Australia Day assault.

Jayden Stephen Pescod, 19, was this morning sentenced in the District Court to an immediate term of imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm to a man who was knocked unconscious twice after being assaulted by Pescod.

The court was told Pescod was at an Australia Day party in Success where he had been drinking and taking amphetamines.

The victim and his friend, who had been at the same party, were sitting outside on a kerb with two women when they were approached by the 19-year-old, who believed his alcohol had been taken.

Following a short conversation, Pescod kicked the victim to the head, causing him to fall backwards and black out.

When the victim woke up, he saw another man and his friend trying to fend Pescod off and one of them was armed with a picket.

The victim approached Pescod to tell them to stop fighting but Pescod turned to him and punched him, causing him to fall over and knock his head on the ground and lose consciousness for the second time.

The court was told the victim spent five days in hospital and suffered bleeding on the brain and a split lip which required stitches.

The victim was a commercial diver and was unable to return to work until just recently.

In a victim impact statement to the court, he said had experienced forgetfulness, moodiness, appetite loss and difficulty sleeping following the attack.

The court was told the Australia Day assault occurred while Pescod was on bail for two other assault charges, including an assault on a transit guard.

In his sentencing submissions, defence lawyer Neville Barber argued for any term of imprisonment handed to Pescod to be suspended, saying his client was genuinely remorseful and had had a troubled childhood.

He said Pescod had been bullied growing up and had witnessed a man being murdered when he was only 14.

A State prosecutor argued for Pescod to be sentenced to an immediate term of imprisonment and he described the violence of the assault as “senseless and cowardly”.

District Court judge Julie Wager ruled it was not appropriate for Pescod’s prison sentence to be suspended, saying there was a need for general deterrents.

“It’s no coincidence these injuries occurred on Australia Day,” she said.

“People have to know they can’t do these things,”

Judge Wager backdated Pescod’s sentence to February, when he was first taken into custody, and made him eligible for parole.

Pescod will be sentenced on Friday for pleading guilty to assaulting a transit guard at a Beckenham train station last year.