A US Marine with a high sensitivity to alcohol has been sentenced to fifteen months in an Australian jail after attacking a woman and a federal police officer in a drunken rage.
20-year-old Lance Corporal Taylor Wyatt Elwood pleaded guilty this morning to assaulting a 60-year-old female barracks staffer and an Australian Federal Police officer in Brisbane earlier this summer.
Elwood reportedly donned black clothing and a motorcycle helmet before he began his random attack, punching her in the head and stomach repeatedly.
“(He seemed) obsessed with her head and kept banging it and punching it over and over,” police prosecutor Sergeant Glenn Whittle said. “She felt like a rag doll being thrown around. She believed she was going to die.”
Elwood was surprisingly calm during the entire attack, speaking in a regular tone.
When two men came across Elwood attacking the barracks staffer, Elwood attacked them, unknowingly grabbing, punching and biting an AFP officer.
According to 9News, defense attorney Dave Garratt said Elwood had a high sensitivity to alcohol.
Magistrate Tina Previtera sentenced the Marine to 15 months in jail, which will be suspended after three months. He must also pay $3,000 dollars to the woman in light of her troubles.
The case comes only a short time after the commander of a Marine Rotational Force in Darwin was relieved from command for driving under the influence of alcohol late last month.
In the latter incident, 48-year-old Colonel James Schnelle pleaded to driving under the influence of alcohol after being arrested, with his blood-alcohol content reportedly twice over Australia’s legal limit.
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