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Man jailed over assault of German tourists in South Grafton

ONE of three men linked to the assault and robbery of two German tourists in a South Grafton park has been sentenced to 18 months jail.

South Grafton resident Wade Sullivan, the last of the men to be sentenced over the incident in December 2014, appeared in Grafton Local Court this morning on two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.

According to police facts, the tourists were travelling Australia in a camper-van and had pulled up at Alex Bell Park just hours before the male victim was first confronted by Sullivan's co-accused Hayden Corey.

After Corey asked the man what he was doing "in our town", he was said to have snatched a book out of his hands and proceeded to rifle through the man's esky, where he was joined by Sullivan and 19-year-old Malachi Lynch.

After a short confrontation Lynch ran off with the victim's laptop and mobile phone, and Corey and Sullivan stopped the 26-year-old from giving chase by attacking him; punching him in the face and kicking him in the body.

The female tourist tried to help her companion only to have the two males turn on her.

She was able to escape and call police for help, but was re-immersed in the attack when she came back to find the men were still punching him.

The facts said Lynch then returned with a two-foot long wooden stick, which was used to hit the male victim.

Both tourists were transported to hospital to be treated for their injuries.

The male suffered extensive bruising and lacerations to his face, and at least two loose teeth, while the female victim, who was 25-years-old at the time, was treated for a haematoma in her left eye, swelling and bruising to the face and grazes and scratches on her hands and knees.

Following the offence, Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson described it as a cowardly attack and "a concerning matter of extreme violence without provocation".

In an interview last year, Sullivan allegedly told police he was stoned from smoking cannabis at the time of the offence and "only got involved to stop the fight".

He also denied hitting a woman, but pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.

The 23-year-old was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with a non-parole period of six months, to be backdated to October 2014.

His two co-accused, Corey and Lynch, were earlier handed down 18 and 12 month suspended sentences respectively for their parts in the assault.

Topics:  assault, backpackers, grafton local court



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