Mackay man pleads guilty to grievous bodily harm

WHEN a disabled pensioner refused to give Hadley Graham Mooney a lift, he launched a violent and unprovoked attack against the man.

And he told the victim "not to get blood on him".

In January 2014 Mooney, then 32, had gone to the man's West Mackay address with another unknown man about 3am.

He offered the victim $20 for a lift but the man refused.

Mooney kept asking but the man kept refusing and sat down on his bed. He told Mooney and the other man to leave and gestured with his arm, Crown prosecutor Clayton Wallis said.

As he gestured, Mooney punched him in the head. The victim fell back on his bed and Mooney continued to punch him as the man tried to block the blows, Mr Wallis said.

The second man joined the attack and picked up a walking stick, which he swung at the man's head, hitting him four times, and dislodging a skull from the top of the stick, the District Court in Mackay was told.

It was accepted Mooney did not use a weapon.

The onslaught resulted in "serious injuries" including a fractured cheekbone, the court was told.

"Both left without calling for an ambulance," Mr Wallis said.

More than $4000 in surgery was needed and the man, a disabled pensioner, had to "beg and borrow" for the money.

The victim remembered Mooney's name and picked him from a police photo board as resembling one of his attackers.

Now 34, Mooney pleaded guilty yesterday to causing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Wallis said Mooney had an 11-page criminal history that included seven violence-related offences.

He had been in custody for the past 12 months.

The court was told he'd always had a problem with alcohol but had cleaned up while in jail. He had a job to go to on his release and family support.

"Alcohol has been your main problem," Judge Paul Smith said.

Mooney was jailed for two years and 10 months with a parole date of June 9. A conviction was recorded.


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