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Jail for thug who did this

Timothy Braeckmans was bashed by two men at PubFest last year.
Timothy Braeckmans was bashed by two men at PubFest last year. Contributed

AMANDA Ryan will never forget the moment Danny John Mackie dug his boot into her face and made her watch as another man repeatedly stomped on her partner's head.

"We're going to kill you tonight," Mackie told her, as she lay injured on the ground.

Mackie first pushed Ms Ryan to the pavement and punched her in the face while his mate Danny Keith Ace brutally bashed her partner Timothy Braeckmans.

Mackie, 33, was yesterday jailed for his role in the "prolonged and determined" assault on the Maryborough couple that took place in front of a crowd at the PubFest last year.

The father-of-three had kicked Mr Braeckmans in the head up to eight times, the Maryborough District Court was told.

Judge Richard Jones described his actions as "cowardly" because Mr Braeckmans was already on the ground when he was attacked.

Mackie had also pushed and punched Ms Ryan before standing on her head.

"It was an assault by a large, healthy male on a woman," Judge Jones said.

Ace had already done a four-month prison stint for the attack, which occurred outside the Dan Murphy's bottle shop on Richmond St on June 12, 2011.

Fuelled by a history of bad blood, Mackie and Ace first confronted the couple earlier that day inside a Maryborough pub.

Mr Braeckmans went over to shake Ace's hand, but Ace instead punched him and clawed at his face, leaving a number of scratches.

Ace and Mackie were then evicted from the pub and spoken to by police.

Two hours later, the men again confronted the couple after they'd gone to the bottle shop to buy drinks.

"Leave me alone guys," Mr Braeckmans told the pair. "I'm going home to my kids."

But Ace lunged at him and both men fell to the ground in a struggle.

Mackie warned everybody else to stand back and then blocked Ms Ryan's path as she tried to help her partner.

He then went over to assist his friend, kicking Mr Braeckmans in the face and shoulder as Ace continued his attack.

Mackie pushed Ms Ryan to the ground and punched her before standing on her cheek to make her watch while Ace stomped on her partner's head.

Another man tried to intervene and Mackie punched this third victim up to 10 times.

As they left, Ace dug his foot into Ms Ryan's neck and said: "He's dead slut. How do you like that?"

When police reached Mr Braeckmans, they found him bloodied and bruised, with shoe prints embedded in his forehead.

He'd also suffered soft tissue injuries to neck, shoulders and elbow and bruised ribs.

"This was a determined, planned and quite a vicious assault," crown prosecutor Ron Swanwick said.

"Amanda Ryan was treated extremely roughly... Nothing justifies what occurred."

Mackie was yesterday sentenced to nine months in jail, to be suspended after two-and-a-half-months.

He spent 18 days in custody last year that will count towards his sentence.

Judge Jones noted that the sentence would cause extreme hardship to his family, which included a 14-month-old child.

But, he said, he wanted to send a message to the community that significant acts of violence in public areas wouldn't be tolerated.

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