POLICE have dropped charges against three people allegedly involved in avicious Port Fairy attack which left one victim in an induced coma.
Patrick Watts, 50, of Griffith Street in Port Fairy,and coupleSam Watts, 25, and Sara Hallen, 29, both of Watton Street,Penshurst, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court for what was to be a two-day contested hearing.
A policeprosecutorinstead withdrew all charges after one of the victims failed to attend court and the other told police he didn’t remember details of the individualinvolvement of the co-accused as he received significant injuries.
In December last year Port Fairy’sFelton Pulham, 27, of Ritchie Street, andAaron Smit, 31, of Elizabeth Street, pleaded guilty to serious assault chargesand were placed on community correction orders.
One of the victims was left in an induced coma and the other suffered a broken jaw.
Police alleged a father and son were at the Port Fairy IGA supermarket on August 21 when there was a minor altercation with Sam Watts, who got into a car Ms Hallen was driving.
The couple soon returned to central Port Fairy in the company of Patrick Watts, Pulham and Smit.
The court heard the alleged victims werepunched, kicked and spat on.
One witness stopped his car and tried to break up the brutal attack while another witness described one of the accused as”kicking the s… out of the guy on the ground”.
A police prosecutor raised the prospect of appealing against the leniency of the penalty received by Pulham, who has nine pages of prior convictions, saying only an immediate jail term was appropriate.
Most of Pulham’sprior offending isforviolence and breaching intervention orders and thelast time he was in court, on less serious charges,he received a six-month suspended jail sentence and a CCO.
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