An Adelaide man jailed for knocking another man out, robbing him and leaving him unconscious in an alleyway told police the victim made a gay advance on him, a court heard.
Adam Thomas Warren pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery over the incident in the Adelaide CBD on Boxing Day last December.
Adelaide District Court Judge Joana Fuller said the 32-year-old, another man and the victim had met each other that night, The Advertiser reported.
The men had walked down the laneway to smoke cannabis together.
CCTV footage of the incident showed Warren taking the victim’s mobile phone. He elbowed him in the face shortly afterwards, knocking him out.
The judge said Warren had told police he’d lashed out after the victim had started “talking like a f__king p__f” and tried to suck Warren’s neck.
“You thought (the victim) was making a homosexual advance towards you,” she said.
“In response… you elbowed him, causing him to fall to the ground.”
She said in her ruling Warren’s reaction to the alleged gay advance didn’t excuse or mitigate his conduct.
“Your actions… were cowardly and selfish and uncaring,” she said.
“For all you knew (the victim) could have died after you left him there.
“Whilst he was on the ground, apparently unconscious, your co-accused went through his pockets and took his wallet.”
The men then left the victim lying unconscious in the laneway, until a pedestrian discovered him.
Attacker left bashing victim unconscious in Adelaide CBD laneway
District Court Judge Joana Fuller said the robbery was a “spontaneous decision” after the assault.
Warren and the other man then caught a taxi to a nearby McDonald’s restaurant.
At the restaurant, the men used the victim’s bank card to purchase food, the court heard.
“The footage from McDonald’s shows the two of you behaving in a way that appears to be some sort of celebration,” the judge said.
Police later arrested Warren at McDonald’s, The Advertiser reported.
Judge Fuller said it was fortunate the victim had not sustained any serious injuries in the incident.
She said an immediate prison term was the only appropriate penalty. On Thursday, she jailed Warren for at least three years and six months.
As a “serious repeat offender”, she explained, he must serve at least two years and 15 days, 80 per cent of the sentence.
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