Luke John Crew, 27, was sentenced to 18 months' jail for assault occasioning bodily harm.
Luke John Crew, 27, was sentenced to 18 months' jail for assault occasioning bodily harm. Contributed

'Violent' nephew jailed after fracturing uncle's neck

A BROKEN nose, fractured neck vertebrae and broken teeth were some of the injuries a man suffered at the hand of his nephew when attempting to diffuse an argument in his own home.

Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard how Luke John Crew, 27, had "no remorse" for his actions after punching his uncle in the face twice and running from the scene on September 16 while on bail.

Police prosecutor Dave Bradley said the victim was trying to "intervene" in an argument when Crew (pictured) punched him and he fell to the ground losing consciousness.

Mr Bradley said the victim spent two days in hospital with a 6cm gash to his head, a fractured neck vertebra, two missing front teeth and a broken nose.

The victim spent eight weeks in a neck brace and was forced to take three months off work.

Mr Bradley said Crew ran from the scene and texted his aunty pleading to not have police involved, showing a "lack of remorse".

The Nambour father was supported in court by a tearful family, including his aunty, when he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm as the facts were read aloud of his "appalling violence history".

Mr Bradley said history showed he was "possessive and violent", with "little evidence" to show anything had changed.

"History is a strong predictor of future behaviour and he poses a risk to the community if not in jail," he said.

Crew's defence lawyer Joshua Bradbury denied this saying he was "extremely remorseful and accepts full responsibility".

Mr Bradbury detailed Crew's difficult upbringing, saying his mum was a heroin addict and he suffered a medical condition from birth.

Despite a troubled upbringing, Mr Bradbury said Crew's two-year-old son was his life and he tried to be a "good dad".

Magistrate Chris Callaghan sentenced Crew to 18 months' jail, with a parole eligibility date of December 22.