Man jailed for Stockton bottle attack

A MAN who threw a beer bottle at his drinking partner’s head was jailed for at least six months yesterday after a court heard that the offender had rejected all forms of help to deal with his alcoholism.
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Aaron Maytom, 20, turned to a group of supporters in the public gallery of Newcastle Local Court and mouthed the word “F—” after magistrate Robert Stone said the only sentencing option available was jail.

Maytom was drinking with the victim in Maytom’s Fullerton Street, Stockton, unit on November 21 last year when the pair began to argue about 4pm, a police statement of facts said.

The victim left the unit and Maytom followed before he threw a punch then walked to a recycling bin.

Maytom picked up an empty bottle, walked over to the victim and threw it at his head.

The bottle shattered as it struck the side of the victim’s head, causing a cut and significant bleeding.

The victim refused medical assistance.

Maytom rang the police and was later issued with a court attendance notice.

He previously pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Mr Stone was told that Maytom was on good behaviour bonds for damaging property and possessing drugs when he committed the assault.

Mr Stone said Maytom was referred to a rehabilitation program as well as the Probation and Parole Service, but refused to attend counselling.

“You’ve been given every option to deal with an alcohol [problem],” Mr Stone said.

“The seriousness of this offence is such that the only appropriate sentence is one of full-time custody.”

Maytom was jailed for 12 months with a non-parole period of six months.

Mr Stone ordered that Maytom be released on parole on January 7.

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