Alcohol-fuelled attack on woman sparks all-in brawl
A WOMAN is still suffering migraines after being attacked at a South Burnett taxi rank in July this year.
Magistrate Louisa Pink told the man charged with her assault that his actions were "totally disproportionate” to the situation as he claimed self defence.
Joshua Flood, 24, pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault when he faced Kingaroy Magistrates court on Monday.
Police prosecutor Pepe Gangemi told the court Flood attacked the woman after a verbal altercation with her at a taxi rank in Kingaroy at 1am on July 27.
"He pushed past people and grabbed her with an open palm and threw her to the ground,” Sgt Gangemi said.
"This caused an all-in fight with about 10 people in the immediate area.”
Ms Pink said the most concerning factor was the evidence that was revealed in the CCT footage which showed the position of the victim's head.
"Importantly, it is said that her head only narrowly missed a step,” she said.
"If her head hit a step, you could have been in a vastly different situation.
"As of September 2 she was still suffering migraines as a consequence of your actions.”
Defence lawyer Alan Korobacz said his client was defending his girlfriend after the complainant made some remarks to the couple.
"He was waiting for his taxi where it arrived,” Mr Korobacz said.
"Both my client and the complainant were intoxicated.
"There was an exchange of words between the complainant and my client and it was quite vicious apparently.
"He was more concerned about his girlfriend and the gesturing that was going on.”
Mr Korobacz said Flood was a hard worker who had recently started a new contract job and occasionally drank too much, which got him into a silly situation.
"He has been told of the seriousness of doing something like this,” he said.
"He has also been told there are consequences where there are acts of violence.”
Ms Pink said the defendant's criminal history showed it wasn't his first time before the courts.
"I see public nuisance in the vicinity of a licensed premises in 2017,” she said.
"There was also the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle adversely affected by an intoxicating substance in 2017.
"It clearly seems to me at this stage you are a young person who has a problem with alcohol.
"If you continue on this track you may find yourself in significant trouble with the law.”
Ms Pink convicted and fined the defendant $800, with 75 per cent of the fine to be paid to the complainant.
Convictions were recorded.