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Tony McLean, brother of Jordan, jailed for single-punch attack

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Tony McLean, who was jailed for a single-punch attack.

Tony McLean, who was jailed for a single-punch attack. Photo: Central Western Daily

Tony McLean - the brother of NRL forward Jordan McLean - has been sentenced to three years' jail for a single-punch attack outside a pub.

The sentencing comes a day after Jordan McLean was suspended for seven games for a lifting tackle that left Newcastle Knights' Alex McKinnon with a serious spinal injury.

Tony McLean, a Queanbeyan footballer, is not eligible for release until October 2015 for the “vicious” single punch he delivered to the back of the head of a man outside the Royal Hotel in Orange last year, the Central Western Daily reported.

Adam Ford, the victim, spent three months in hospital after he suffered a brain haemorrhage and a fractured skull.

Judge Stephen Norrish said it was unclear what the future held for Ford.

During his sentencing of the 24-year-old McLean in the Orange District Court, Judge Norrish said the community was “sick and tired” of dealing with the consequences of alcohol-fuelled violence.

While McLean had no previous violent convictions, the judge said the single-punch attack could be considered “vicious” because McLean rendered no assistance to Mr Ford as he lay on the ground unconscious.

Instead, McLean put his hands in his pockets, walked away, sat on the gutter and watched the scene unfold.

“For no good reason [McLean] goes and strikes a person who is effectively a stranger. There was no regard to the victim, which could be categorised as vicious,” Judge Norrish said.

McLean's partner wrote a character reference for him in which she pleaded with Judge Norrish not to enforce a jail term because, among other things, he would miss his daughter's christening.

“The victim may have missed his next birthday completely,” Judge Norrish responded.

He said it was a “sad irony” that the circumstances of McLean's family mirrored that of Mr Ford's when he was in hospital, given that McLean's family would lose their sole income provider while he was in prison.

Judge Norrish said McLean did not show immediate remorse for his crime, but implied the remorse he felt after the event could have been a realisation of the ramifications of his actions.

Central Western Daily

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