A drunk stockman who took part in a brutal gang-bashing involving a rake in the Palmerston suburb of Moulden has been jailed for two years.
The NT Supreme Court heard Gabriel Paddy, 34, had been drinking rum and wine when he showed up unannounced at the victim’s residence with three other people late in the afternoon of May 22 last year.
After initially being let into the residence, a verbal fight broke out resulting in Paddy and the three other co-offenders inflicting the savage bashing on the outnumbered victim in his own home.
The quartet punched the victim in the face several times before one of them picked up a rake and hit the victim n the back several times.
The victim was then held down by two of the group while the other two continued the assault, leaving him with a broken wrist and severe bruising to his skull, neck and back.
Justice Judith Kelly said while Paddy had pleaded guilty to his part of the attack, she did not accept he was “truly sorry for what he did”.
She said due to his “appalling” criminal history, including 22 traffic convictions, she had no choice but to sentence him to more time behind bars.
“Given your past history, I just do not think that a suspended sentence is appropriate,” she said.
“You just breach court orders left, right and centre.
“So what I am going to do is fix a non-parole period, and I am fixing a non-parole period of two years.”
The court heard Paddy had previously worked as a stockman on many stations in the Timber Creek area and wanted to go back to working on Kildurk Station once he was released from prison.