Brisbane man jailed after killing father with one punch
A 27-year-old man whose estranged father died after he punched him in the face in Brisbane’s CBD has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Morgan Isles-English was sentenced in the Supreme Court in Brisbane this morning after he pleaded guilty last week to unlawful striking causing death.
He was sentenced to seven years for the one punch attack and a further 12 months for assaulting corrections officers while in custody.
Isles-English admitted to striking his father Mark English, 53, in the face after a chance encounter on Ann Street near the Anzac Memorial in July 2016.
The court heard Mr English, who was also known as Mark Bradley McGrice, had “no time or reason to defend himself”, fell and hit his head on the footpath and later died in hospital as a result of critical head injuries.
Isles-English addressed the courtroom from the dock last week and apologised for the attack.
“When I saw my father that day I was overwhelmed with emotions and everything happened so quickly,” he said.
“I wish I could take back what happened that day. Although my father was the person he was, he was still my father and I lost him because of my actions.
“I can’t explain how sorry and remorseful I am. I take full responsibility and I understand I have to face the consequences.”
Defence barrister Callan Cassidy said Isles-English had a traumatic childhood involving his father and often experienced flashbacks.
Mr Cassidy said as children Isles-English and his brother would be locked in rooms while his father did drugs, and had witnessed him overdose.
In sentencing, Justice Soraya Ryan said it was a “spur-of-the-moment” offence.
“While plainly you determined to confront your father, you crossed the road to do it,” Justice Ryan said.
Mark English’s fiancée Varri Telfer said she believed the incident was “a tragic mistake”. (ABC News: Tim Swanston)
“You didn’t punch him without speaking or in effect announcing that you were there.
“Your punch was thrown though after you spoke to him aggressively and after he had apparently not recognised you.
“But you punched him in the head, that is a dangerous thing to do as the law recognises and as you now know.”
Isles English will have to serve 80 per cent of the seven years imposed for the unlawful striking, meaning with time served he will be eligible for parole in 2023.
Isles-English’s ‘rage will haunt me’
In her submissions, prosecutor Judith Geary said Isles-English’s actions were not purely spontaneous as he crossed the road to confront his father and that there was no argument or altercation before the fatal blow.
A victim impact statement from Mr English’s fiancée, Varri Telfer, was read out in which she described the heartache of losing him.
“Mark came into my life with great speed and perfect timing … we had so many plans together and it was all taken from us because of Morgan’s actions,” Ms Telfer said.
“The day Morgan acted out of impulse and rage will haunt me until my dying breath, the sound of Mark’s head hitting the ground endlessly echoes in the back of my mind.
“I don’t hate you Morgan, I never have. I truly believe this was a tragic mistake … don’t let this destroy your life any more than it already has.”
Isles-English was on parole for another offence at the time he punched his father and had been released from custody one week earlier.