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Sydney Morning Herald, 30 October 1998, p.2

Jail for gay-bashing

After a seven-hour binge in which he drank 20 beers and bourbon chasers, a 
man walked several kilometres to a stranger's home where he bashed him 30 
times with an axe handle to "teach him a lesson" for being gay.

He left his victim, a 61-year-old interior designer who had been watching 
television, with a fractured spine and skull and returned to the pub where he 
had been told that his victim was gay, Melbourne County Court heard 
yesterday.

The victim, who had never seen the assailant, Roderick Munday, before and 
had to wear a neck brace for five months, was too terrified to return to his 
home of 18 years.

Munday, 40, was sentenced to eight years' jail after pleading guilty to the 
attack on March 13.  He apologised to his victim.

The court heard Munday, who had also stolen $300 from the victim and 
smashed objects and windows, had been sexually abused and declared 
uncontrollable as a child.

Two months of the sentence were for a road rage incident the previous month.

-- The Age

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