30 March 2023

Teen filmed brutal assault, tried 'hopeless' robbery of Domino's driver

| Albert McKnight
man leaving court in red cap and a amsk

Jack Summerrell-Jenkins makes a gesture outside court on Tuesday after his sentencing. Photo: Albert McKnight.

A teenager who tried to rob a pizza delivery driver before filming a horrendous attack on a young man was visibly emotional when admitting his family would be “disgusted” by his crimes.

Jack Summerrell-Jenkins filmed a young man being brutally and viciously assaulted by Jamie Mitchell Barry outside a home in Dunlop on 26 March 2022.

Distressing footage shows the man being punched repeatedly, kicked, taken to the ground, knocked unconscious for about 90 seconds, assaulted while unconscious and being forced to take off his clothes before he ran away naked.

On Tuesday (28 March), Summerrell-Jenkins’ lawyer Paul Edmonds of Canberra Criminal Law told the ACT Galambany Court that his 19-year-old client had recorded part of the assault on his mobile phone while the victim was “flogged”.

Summerrell-Jenkins had also tried to rob a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver in Calwell on 14 December 2021, but his lawyer said he was so under the influence of drugs at the time that he didn’t take the knife he had with him out of its plastic packet.

The driver realised the knife was still in its packet and tackled Summerrell-Jenkins to the ground with the help of another worker, he said.

“It was a pretty hopeless attempt at an armed robbery,” Mr Edmonds said.

He said his client had turned to alcohol and drugs as a way to cope with feelings of loss and trauma, and argued all of his offending was related to his substance addiction at the time.

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When Summerrell-Jenkins addressed the circle sentencing court’s elders, he told them he had been drinking and had taken the drug ‘ice’ on the night of the assault, but he no longer drank alcohol.

“When I’m drinking, I’m an idiot; just pick on everyone,” he said.

Elder Roseanne Longford said she had seen the closed-circuit television footage of the assault, and it struck her how not one person had tried to check the victim was alive when he was knocked to the ground unconscious.

“Everyone’s scared of Jamie,” Summerrell-Jenkins said.

Elder Benny Hodges asked him how his mother and grandmother, who were in court to support him, would feel about his offences.

“Disgusted,” a visibly emotional Summerrell-Jenkins replied.

“They hurt, they hurt,” Uncle Hodges told him.

The elders wanted to hear from his family and asked them about his strengths. His grandmother told them, “Even though he’s done this crap, he really has such a fine heart”.

Summerrell-Jenkins said he had changed since he was released from jail in ACT and NSW, where he had been when he was 18.

“When I was on the stuff, I thought I was invincible. When I got sober, I was actually in jail and it just woke me up,” he said.

He pleaded guilty to charges of aiding or abetting an assault, taking a motor vehicle without authority, driving while disqualified and attempted robbery.

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Magistrate James Stewart convicted him and sentenced him to a one-year and five-month intensive corrections order, a community-based sentence.

He told him that when it came to the assault, “You weren’t as smart as everybody else who committed that offence”, and he had taken into account how he was more easily led than the others.

The elders spoke with Summerrell-Jenkins again after he was sentenced, with Aunty Longford telling him, “Jack, it’s good to hear that you’ve turned your life around and we really want you to continue that”.

They wished him all the best, then each embraced him and his family members.

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