Disgusting moment when attacker punches a man in the face with a baseball bat before pouring gasoline on him

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Despicable moment when attacker punches a man in the face with a baseball bat before pouring gasoline on him, threatens to set him on fire and lick his distraught girlfriend’s blood

  • Mark Luca Popowycz, 38, was jailed in Adelaide court on Wednesday
  • Sentenced to seven years and eight months after violent attack in 2020
  • Court heard he poured gasoline on a man and threatened to set the victim on fire

A man armed with a baseball bat who beat up a stranger before pouring gasoline on the victim and threatening to set him on fire has been sentenced to seven years and eight months.

Mark Luca Popowycz, 38, pleaded guilty in Adelaide court on Wednesday to recklessly causing serious damage to the violent attack last year, which left the victim with permanent injuries.

The horrific attack — which also saw an enraged Popowycz lick the blood off the hands of his victim’s distraught girlfriend seconds later — was caught on CCTV.

The court heard Popowycz drove to a friend’s house in Wallaroo, northwest Adelaide, where he began drinking with a group of people on February 8, 2020.

Adelaide court (pictured) heard Mark Luca Popowycz, 38, beat a stranger with a baseball bat before pouring petrol over the victim and threatening to set him on fire last February

Later that evening, a drunk Popowycz accused a woman’s boyfriend at the meeting of being a “smart ass”.

A few hours later, one of the friend’s friends became aggressive outside the residence, escalating the situation, said the Adelaide Advertiser.

Popowycz found a baseball bat in the house and got into an argument with the boyfriend again, asking him “why did he want to act like a tough guy.”

He then viciously swung the bat at the victim’s face, causing him to fall to the ground.

Popowycz then grabbed a can of gasoline and doused both the victim and his car, saying he would set it on fire.

Before leaving the premises in front of the other terrified guests, he threatened to “pursue” anyone who called the police.

The victim was rushed to Wallaroo Hospital after suffering a fractured cheekbone and eye socket, a broken tooth and a brain haemorrhage.

He also lost consciousness and stopped breathing several times before being flown to Adelaide in critical condition.

CCTV footage (pictured) captured Mark Luca Popowycz attacking a man at a home in Adelaide last year

CCTV footage (pictured) captured Mark Luca Popowycz attacking a man at a home in Adelaide last year

Following the brutal attack in northwest Adelaide in February 2020, the victim was rushed to hospital after suffering a fractured cheekbone and eye socket, a broken tooth and a brain haemorrhage (stock image)

Following the brutal attack in northwest Adelaide in February 2020, the victim was rushed to hospital after suffering a fractured cheekbone and eye socket, a broken tooth and a brain haemorrhage (stock image)

A ruthless Popowycz was later arrested and charged with aggravated recklessly causing serious harm and threatening harm.

He also pleaded for assault and aggravated assault against a former partner.

Judge Jane Schammer sentenced Popowycz to a total of seven years, eight months and four days behind bars.

Now that time has already passed, Popowycz will be eligible for parole in early 2025.

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