Tocumwal man ends appeal and goes to jail for attack

SHANNON Crawford withdrew a severity appeal in the District Court at Albury yesterday and was immediately taken into custody by a Corrective Services officer to start a six-month jail term.

Crawford, 29, of Adams Street, Tocumwal, lodged an appeal against a 14-month jail term, with minimum of six months, imposed on a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm by magistrate Tony Murray at Finley Local Court in June.

Judge Martin Blackmore confirmed the minimum term, making Crawford eligible for release on February 10 next year.

Crawford had been friendly with the victim for two years, but assaulted him outside a Tocumwal hotel on February 14.

The assault was prompted by the victim asking for $70 for lawnmowing owed to him by Crawford’s female cousin.

The victim received a cut eyebrow, which required six stitches, and had surgery for an eye socket injury.

Titanium plates were inserted to support the eye socket and will remain in the victim’s face for the rest of his life.

The victim had been speaking to his father on a phone in a lane near a hotel before Crawford ran from the beer garden.

He took a swing at the victim, who ducked, and fell to the ground.

But Crawford got up and started swinging left and right punches, causing the injuries.

The victim walked to Tocumwal hospital with blood flowing from the wound.

He was transferred to Finley hospital, where he called police to report the assault.