Man convicted for assault

A man who punched a stranger during a night out in Dubbo has been convicted and ordered to enter into a 12-month good behaviour bond.
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The blow struck by Jason Ronald McKechnie, 22, caused the victim to fall to the ground and hit the back of his head.

The victim suffered a laceration and soft tissue damage.

McKechnie pleaded guilty in Dubbo Local Court to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Magistrate Gary Wilson convicted McKechnie and ordered him to enter into a 12-month good behaviour bond.

The accused and the victim did not know each other and were each drinking at the Amaroo HotelOctober 10, court documents show.

About 5am the victim and a friendwalked across the road to wait for a taxi.

Soon after the accused and several of his friends approached the victim, there was some talk and then McKechnie punched the victim, striking him in the mouth, court documents show.

As a result the victim fell, hittingthe back of his head.

About 10am the victim went to Dubbo Hospital, presenting with a laceration to his mouth and lip, and a large contusion on the back of his head.

McKechnie told police days later: “Yeah I hit him, I was drunk, it was stupid, but he threatened me with a knife.”

In court his solicitor said the guilty plea was entered on the basis that the victim did not physically produce a knife and it was accepted by his client the victim’s comments were “bravado”.

He asked the court to accept there was a degree of provocation, and an inappropriate reaction by the defendant.

McKechnie was remorseful, the court heard.

Mr Wilson said while it had been submitted it was not a one-punch type situation, he disagreed.

“You had the opportunity to walk away,” he told McKechnie.

Mr Wilson said the incident could have been much worse and it was a very serious matter.

“There’s no excuse for your actions,” he told McKechnie.

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