Sydney man convicted for attack on Mardi Gras night gets bail


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A 29-year-old man who assaulted two teenage girls in March on the night of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is appealing his prison sentence and was granted bail.

This week a judge sentenced Double Bay man Jesse Mackenzie (pictured left) to 20 months in prison for his role in the violence in the Pyrmont park.

During the violent brawl, the court heard Mackenzie punched one of the 15-year-old girls in the head. He then grabbed another by her hair, dragged her for metres and over a ledge with a one-metre drop.

While the girl was on the ground, another man continued to punch and kick her, causing her to fall unconscious, the court heard.

Shocking phone video footage of the vicious attack went viral online in the following days.

NSW Police charged Jesse Mackenzie and two other men over the brawl. He pleaded guilty to a charge of affray.

Jesse Mackenzie says victims ‘antagonised’ him

Police Prosecutor Chris Manning said the Sydney man had written an apology letter this month, ABC News reported.

However in it, Manning said Mackenzie blamed the victims and their friends for “antagonising” him and the other men.

“There were multiple opportunities for the accused to walk away, yet he didn’t,” Sergeant Manning said.

Instead, “he chose to stay and he chose to engage in these behaviours” which inflicted injuries and “substantial” emotional harm on the girls.

“He is a 29-year-old man with offences committed against a 15-year-old girl,” Manning said.

His lawyer said Mackenzie’s letter also acknowledged the “terrible” impact of his “despicable” behaviour on the victims.

At the time, Jesse Mackenzie was already under five community corrections orders including for separate assault and property damage offences against an ex-girlfriend last August.

The court heard during MacKenzie’s time in custody since March, other inmates had targeted him and assaulted him a number of times.

Judge grants convicted Sydney man bail

On Tuesday, Magistrate Claire Farnan sentenced him to a maximum term of 20 months in prison.

Mackenzie lodged a severity appeal against the sentence. Judge Farnan later granted the man bail to attend a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.

He will return to court on September 16 when the district court will hear his appeal.

One other offender in the Sydney park brawl, Hong Ben Lee, also received a two-year community corrections order and 150 hours of community service for his involvement in the fight.

A judge will also sentence the third man charged, William Shepley, later this month.

Police charged Shepley with affray and two counts of common assault.

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Jordan Hirst
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1 Comment

  1. Peter Turner
    10 July 2021
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    A picture paints a thousand words. I hope his sentence will wipe the smug arrogant look from his face.

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