Man drops 45lb weight on blokes head in gym but insists it was an accident

A gymgoer who dropped a huge 20kg weight on a bloke's head in an unprovoked incident has been jailed after causing horror injuries.

Shane William Ryan, 33, initially claimed the violent attack at Next Level Gym in the south-east of Darwin, Australia was an accident, but CCTV footage uncovered his web of lies.

Ryan and another gym attendee were both working out on the morning of October 22, 2020, when he targeted the victim who was performing a bench press at the time.

The court heard that Ryan walked towards the victim who was lying on his back and dropped the 45lb weight on his head, which saw the victim fall to the floor.

In a video shared by the NT Supreme Court, the victim was captured bleeding from his head, in the spot he was later diagnosed with a fractured skull.

While Ryan, who feigned an ankle injury, walked away from the scene before he called an ambulance for help.

The footage has only recently been shared with the public, reports News.Au.

Ryan was jailed for 19 months following his "extremely dangerous act" on a person who was "unable to protect himself", said Justice John Burns.

The judge said: “At about 3:30am on (October 22, 2020), you and the victim attended the Next Level Gym in Rosebery.

“At approximately 3:52am the victim was lying on his back on a flat bench conducting a dumbbells weight routine.

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“You picked up a 20kg plate and walked towards the victim. The CCTV shows you lurching towards the victim and dropping the weight onto the victim’s head and chest area causing the victim to fall to the ground from the bench bleeding from his head.

“You feigned an injury to your left ankle before you stood up and walked away before returning to the victim and then calling an ambulance.”

The Supreme Court heard how the victim suffered a non-displaced left frontal bone fracture and a laceration above his left eyebrow.

He also endured swelling to his face as well as headaches and chest pain.

According to the victim impact statement, he requires ongoing medical treatment and now suffers from anxiety and has to take blood pressure medication.

Burns added: “You and the victim were previously amicable towards each other.

“Indeed, you and he spoke in a friendly manner on 22 October 2020 before this incident.

“The victim was vulnerable as he was lying on his back and had weights in his hands. He was unable to protect himself.

“He also had no reason to believe that you would attack him as you did.”

Ryan was sentenced to 19 months in jail and is not eligible for parole until November 24, 2022, after serving at least 10 months in prison.

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