Thug gets year in jail for beating

A 25-YEAR-OLD man was given 12 months in jail for his part in the cowardly and savage beating of a man in a Grafton hotel in May last year.

The sentence of Alan Randolf Walker, also known as ‘Ginger’ Walker, came only three days after a District Court in Grafton handed him a two-year sentence with a non-parole period of 12 months.

These were for breaches of suspended jail sentences for crimes of violence that occurred in 2007 and 2008. He had been charged with reckless wounding and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.

In Grafton Local Court yesterday, Walker, whose address is listed as South West Rocks, answered a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The police facts said Walker and his accomplice ganged up on their victim in the gambling room of the hotel.

A violent clash occurred that bar staff were unable to contain. The pair dragged the man through the main bar of the hotel to the footpath, where Walker stood by as his accomplice punched the victim’s head a number of times has he lay on the ground.

Much of the assault was captured on closed-circuit television in the hotel.

The assault broke the victim’s nose as well as inflicting bruising around the eyes and grazes to his stomach and shoulder.

The pair had fled the scene by the time police arrived and they later learned Walker had gone interstate.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, but Walker was caught before it could take effect.

He succumbed to the lure of Grafton’s July Racing Carnival and he was identified at the South Grafton Cup Day on July 11 last year at Grafton racecourse and arrested.

Walker’s solicitor Kate Biffin said her client claimed the level of criminality in the assault was at the low end of the scale, as her client did not take part in the physical assault on the victim.

Magistrate Kim Pogson did not agree with this assessment.

He said that by looking on as his partner attacked a man on the ground, he was just as responsible for the assault as his accomplice.

He also noted that Walker had a “shocking record for violence”.

Mr Pogson sentenced Walker to a fixed 12 months to date from yesterday. It adds three days to the sentence imposed in the higher court on Friday, as Walker would become eligible for parole on May 28 next year.

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