A GROOM knocked a 17-year-old youth unconscious, breaking his nose, in an unprovoked attack in Mandurah Quay, the Mandurah Magistrates Court was told on January 11.
The victim had congratulated the groom on his wedding when he was punched.
Vincent Joseph Hamiora Barton (20) pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Rod Murray said the victim had been fishing with two others at Mandurah Quay on August 22.
He said Barton was having his wedding reception when he and some guests approached the three people fishing.
Sgt Murray said a tackle box was knocked over and some of the guests pulled Barton away. However Barton returned and punched the 17-year-old in the head.
The victim lost consciousness and was taken to Peel Health Campus. His nose needed to be re-set.
The court was told Barton had been imprisoned for violent offences in Queensland.
Lawyer Brian Mahon said alcohol had been consumed and Barton lost control of himself.
“It was a good natured interaction, but he thought it was something else,” Mr Mahon said.
He said Barton tried to become involved in victim mediation, but the victim did not want to meet with Barton. He said Barton had written an apology.
The court was told Barton had been dealing with a tragedy and now two counsellors were involved.
Barton was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. He was fined $3000 and half is to go to the victim.