Magistrate seeks a medical report

AN updated medical report is being sought by Albury magistrate Tony Murray for a man who had a titanium plate inserted in a fractured eye socket after he was king hit in Albury’s Dean Street last December.

The victim suffered other fractures to his left cheekbone and had surgery at Royal Melbourne Hospital, according to police facts tendered yesterday in Albury Local Court.

Rutherglen man Nikola Sioeli Lomano pleaded guilty to charges of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, with two other offences withdrawn by police.

Mr Murray has adjourned sentencing until June 2 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and ordered police to get a medical update as to whether the victim would suffer any permanent disability.

The victim was in Dean Street about 3am on December 29 when Lomano walked up to him and inflicted a blow with a clenched fist.

The victim fell to the ground, suffering a large lump to his left cheek and a bleeding nose.

Another man who saw what happened went over and grabbed Lomano to prevent any further attack on the victim.

But Lomano punched him as well, causing cuts to the top of his head, over his eye and on the bridge of the nose, with a large amount of blood coming from each wound.

Security officers at a nearby nightclub saw the incident and chased Lomano on foot for about one kilometre before apprehending him and calling for police assistance.

Both victims were treated by ambulance officers and taken to the Albury hospital.

Police spoke to Lomano and he claimed the two victims had been “hassling” girls.

“I hit the first bloke and he hit the ground. Someone grabbed me and I hit him too,” Lomano said.

He said he had “freaked out” when he saw the security officers.

“I should have known better, I’m sorry,” he told police.

A witness to both of the assaults told police that neither victim had done anything to provoke the attacks by Lomano.