20 October 2022

Teen sentenced over Batemans Bay tomahawk attack that hospitalised victim

| Albert McKnight
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Mirko Tomicic, 18, has been convicted on a count of reckless wounding. Photo: File.

A teenager sentenced over attacking a man in Batemans Bay with a tomahawk has avoided being sent to jail but must perform hundreds of hours of community service.

At the time, NSW Police said emergency services were called to a home on Beach Road, Surf Beach, late in the night of 22 March 2022 over reports of an alleged domestic violence-related incident between a man and woman.

Police said 18-year-old Mirko Tomicic had gone to the property and attacked a 29-year-old man with a tomahawk before fleeing.

The older man sustained injuries to his legs and abdomen and was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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Police arrested Tomicic, who is also from Surf Beach, on 24 March, and originally charged him with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

This charge was ultimately withdrawn and dismissed, but he pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless wounding.

On Monday (17 October), the Batemans Bay Local Court’s Magistrate Doug Dick convicted him and sentenced him to 18 months’ jail to be served via an intensive corrections order in the community.

Tomicic must also perform 300 hours of community service work.

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