No police appeal on 'lenient' Noosa one punch sentence

POLICE will not appeal a non-custodial sentence given to a man for a one-punch attack that left the victim with a $10,000 dental bill.

Joshua Micheal Wood was placed on two years' probation after pleading guilty in the Noosa Magistrates Court on March 19 to assault occasioning bodily harm.

Wood, 29, of Ringtail Creek, punched Thomas Cervi, 20, of Sunshine Beach, at a Noosa bar.

The punch knocked Mr Cervi's teeth in. He has had dental work which may not save them permanently.

Wood was sentenced the day after another man, Virgil Macquarie Power, 29, was given 240 hours' community service for a one-punch attack on a man at a Noosa bar.

No conviction was recorded against Power, a fifth-generation lawyer, who agreed to pay $20,000 compensation to his victim, Michael Halbauer, 23.

No compensation was awarded to Mr Cervi.

Both Wood and Power were sentenced by Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan, who has come under fire for "lenient" sentences.

Police have announced they will appeal the sentence meted out to Power.

However, a police media spokesman confirmed yesterday that the Queensland Police Service would not appeal Wood's sentence.

"The appeal was considered by the QPS solicitor who has decided the appeal is not warranted," she said.

Mr Cervi's father, David, called for magistrates to get tougher on sentencing after Wood was let off with probation for injuring his son.

Neither Thomas nor David Cervi could be contacted yesterday.



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