20yo guilty of bashing 83yo

A TAMWORTH man will be sentenced next month after violently attacking an elderly man and launching a tirade of abuse at another in an out-of-control outburst.

Jarrad Knox pleaded guilty to seven charges stemming from the separate and random attacks on the vulnerable men on the morning of March 23.

The 20-year-old left an 83-year-old man bloodstained and bruised after hailing him down and punching him through his car window on Bourke St.

The violent punches came after he unleashed his anger down the street, yelling a host of expletives before the attack turned physical.

Just minutes beforehand, he had stormed into the home of a 75-year-old cancer sufferer, yelling he was “going to die old man”.

One of the victims was covered in blood when he walked into the local police station before officers found Knox in a nearby street.

He was arrested but not before a physical confrontation with officers, leaving them too with minor injuries. 

In Tamworth Local Court yesterday, prosecutors laid a number of new charges against the accused before three other offences were withdrawn. 

A number of family members were present in court for yesterday’s proceedings, as Knox appeared via video link from the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre – a maximum-security facility in Sydney.

Solicitor Joanne Patton said Knox was pleading guilty to seven offences including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, stalk and intimidate, two counts of assaulting police, resisting police, entering enclosed lands and malicious damage.

The sickening attack drew widespread criticism from within the Tamworth community. 

In May, relieving Magistrate Robert Rabbidge said it was a strong Crown case and that Knox’s actions were “appalling.”

He further added, during a bail hearing, it would be “frankly farcical” to release Knox from prison. “The community would be outraged.”

Knox has been behind bars since the attacks, with the Crown maintaining he was a threat to the community.

The facts of the case as well as Knox’s record have been tendered prior to his August sentencing.

Knox will remain in jail until the case returns to court.

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