‘Lack of respect’ at heart of street punch-up

Colin Ambrym

Colin Ambrym

COLIN Ambrym was given the chance in June to be assessed for an intensive corrections order over an affray offence last year.

But Ambrym did not report for the assessment and yesterday copped the consequences — a 12-month jail term, with a minimum six months — when he appeared in Albury Local Court through a video link from Junee jail.

Magistrate Tony Murray said it appeared Ambrym had been the protagonist in a confrontation that stemmed from a running dispute between his family and the Murray family.

Kenneth Murray, 25, was walking along Stanley Street in Albury about 4am on December 15 last year when he saw Donovan Bulmer and Ambryn walking in the other direction.

Mr Murray suggested issues that formed part of a continuing family dispute had long been sorted.

But Bulmer did not agree and Ambryn threatened to assault Mr Murray before punching him on the lip.

He backed away before Ambrym hit him in the face and Bulmer landed more blows to Mr Murray’s face before backing away behind Ambryn.

The victim held his hands up while retreating into the middle of the road — he walked away to end the conflict.

Five days later when police spoke to Bulmer, he claimed Mr Murray had disrespected his family.

Bulmer has previously been sentenced to a nine-month jail term with a minimum of five months for his involvement in the affray.

“You do have some matters of violence on your record,” magistrate Tony Murray told Ambrym.

“You were responsible for the primary, initial encounter.

“At all stages, the victim was only trying to protect himself.”