A young man who hit a teenager in the head with a metal crowbar during a pre-arranged gang fight in Perth that left the victim with a permanent disability has been imprisoned for seven years.
The fight outside the Dog Swamp Shopping Center in Yokine had ended when Sean Patrick Gleeson, 19, chased a 15-year-old boy who carried a stick-like weapon and hit him once in the head on November 18. .
"The fight between the two gangs was over and you became the aggressor," said West Australian District Court Judge Bruce Goetze on Thursday.
The lever lodged in the skull of the victim and spent five months in the hospital, including three weeks in a coma.
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Sean Patrick Gleeson, 19, imprisoned for seven years after the violent attack with a metal crowbar on a child, 15
The court heard that he was "practically paralyzed on the left side" and that he needs a wheelchair.
His memory and sight have also been affected.
Judge Goetze said it was "more for good luck than for the administration that is still alive."
The judge also noted that Gleeson ran a medium risk of violent offense again in the future.
"You have to point to your violent lifestyle, your negative attitudes, your poor perception (and) your tendency to justify violence," Judge Goetze said.
You must stay away from people who are a bad influence for you.
"You have to point to your impulsiveness, to your poor handling and emotional control and … to your substance abuse."
The lever lodged in the skull of the victim and spent five months in the hospital (in the photo after collapsing in a nearby store)
In a letter to the victim, Gleeson apologized for his actions and the judge accepted that he was sorry.
"I am very sorry that most days I would like to be able to exchange positions with you and not charge you just so I can feel calm," Gleeson said.
I'm not asking you to forgive me or even accept my apology, I just know I'm sorry.
Gleeson pleaded guilty to attempting to harm by doing an act that resulted in the life, health or safety of another person in danger.
You must serve at least five years behind bars before you can be eligible for parole.
The violent attack followed a pre-established street fight in Perth