Man coward punched teen in face and stole watch

A MAN who "cowardly" punched a Bribie Island teenager in the face before stealing his watch has begged the victim for forgiveness.

Anthony Tuipulotu on Monday in the Brisbane District Court pleaded guilty to robbery and violence charges.

Tuipulotu was sentenced to two and a half years in jail suspended for four years and a conviction was recorded.

Standing in the dock, the heavily built 24-year-old told Judge David Reid he would do anything to make amends to the 16-year-old victim.

"I stopped you (the victim) from going where you want to be," the call centre employee said of the boy he randomly attacked in February last year.

"I understand the severity of my actions.

"It breaks my heart to hear he is still having nightmares.

"I can't forgive myself."

Tuipulotu, a father of four from the Caboolture region, was driving past the victim who was walking with a mate on a Woorim street.

Tuipulotu stopped the young people and moments later he punched the victim.

The boy fell to the ground, slamming his head into the tarmac.

Tuipulotu stole the victim's watch and left the scene.

"It was a cowardly and unprovoked attack by a much stronger man," Judge Reid said.

"It's very fortunate he (the victim) did not suffer serious physical injuries.

"He (the victim) has ongoing periodic nightmares and headaches."

Judge Reid said Tuipulotu's conduct was a one-off and it was likely he would not re-offend.

"You've made a significant personal apology," he said.

"This has caused you deep stress and shame and also to your family."

- APN NEWSDESK


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