Anthony Norman Duncan jailed for unprovoked bashing at Waratah in 2016

Newcastle courthouse.
Newcastle courthouse.

ANTHONY Norman Duncan was drunk and angry when he savagely bashed a stranger outside a Waratah pub in 2016, repeatedly punching and kicking the man in the head in a prolonged and unprovoked attack.

At one point, Duncan’s friend, Bruce Thomas Lyall Munro, intervened in a bid to stop the onslaught, telling Duncan: “Stop man, you’re going to kill him”. 

The victim, then 33, was only metres from the safety of his partner’s home when he was attacked outside the Town Hall Hotel at Waratah on December 15, 2016, according to an agreed statements of facts. 

Duncan, 28, and his friends had also been inside the pub, but had not spoken with the victim.

That was until the victim stepped outside the pub about 9.10pm and heard a man calling out “are you deaf, mate?” 

The victim quickened his pace before he was punched in the head and repeatedly kicked.

A second unidentified man became involved in the brawl, knocking the victim to the ground where he and Duncan kicked him to the face and head.

The victim told police he realised he was in serious trouble and started to scream out for help. 

The other man grabbed the victim’s wallet and went back into the hotel where he used his ATM card. 

Mr Munro then tried to intervene, telling Duncan to stop before the victim’s girlfriend heard the commotion and came outside.

She realised the man on the ground was her boyfriend and screamed at Duncan to stop.

Duncan replied: “F--- off or you’re next” and continued the assault.

The man’s girlfriend tried to help him and was pushed to the ground by Duncan and punched in the back of the head.

The woman managed to get the victim to his feet and dragged him across the road to the safety of their home where she called police.

Duncan was arrested a short time later at a bus stop on Turton Road. 

He had blood on his hands, was shirtless and aggressive and had a belt wrapped around his knuckles, according to an agreed statements of facts. 

The male victim suffered a fractured jaw and was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he required surgery. 

Duncan pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and common assault.

On Friday, Judge Tanya Bright sentenced him to a maximum of three years and nine months in jail, with a non-parole period of two years and three months. 

Taking into account the time he had already spent in custody since his arrest, Judge Bright ordered that Duncan be eligible for parole on June 14, 2019.