Buccs player fined for night­club cup spat

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

A Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers bas­ket­ball player who threw a shaker cup at a woman’s head has been fined $3500 in Ger­ald­ton Mag­is­trate’s Court.

Dwayne Ben­jamin, 24, ap­peared on Mon­day charged with as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, for which he orig­i­nally pleaded not guilty.

Af­ter chang­ing his plea, Ben­jamin was or­dered to pay the amount to the vic­tim, re­lat­ing to an in­ci­dent oc­cur­ring at about 12.50am on May 14.

Ben­jamin was leav­ing the toi­lets in Vibe Night­club when he saw a friend hav­ing an ar­gu­ment with a man at the bar.

He tried to sep­a­rate the two and defuse the ar­gu­ment, but it es­ca­lated when one of the men re­fused to shake hands. While try­ing to hold back her part­ner, a woman threw the con­tents of her drink at Ben­jamin.

Ben­jamin then threw a hard shaker cup at the woman’s head, caus­ing in­jury.

He at­tended Ger­ald­ton Po­lice Sta­tion where he made the ad­mis­sion that he “didn’t think a plas­tic cup would do that”.

With the S&K Elec­tri­cal Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers’ sea­son fin­ished, Ben­jamin will now ful­fil a con­tract to play in Mace­do­nia next month.

Buccs gen­eral man­ager An­drew Horse­man said he be­lieved the con­vic­tion would not af­fect Ben­jamin’s visa to be able to re­turn to Ger­ald­ton next year.

“To the best of my knowl­edge it doesn’t and he’s re­ally en­joyed his time in Ger­ald­ton and has ex­pressed an in­ter­est to re­turn,” he said.

“The club’s po­si­tion is we stood by Dwayne and he ac­cepts the penalty that was handed down.

“I think what is re­ally im­por­tant to note that there was much re­morse af­ter the in­ci­dent and I think that re­flects in the fact he was very mind­ful and went out of his way to make sure he em­braced and en­gaged the com­mu­nity from that point for­ward.”

Mr Horse­man said they had not yet de­cided on next year’s team. “We would def­i­nitely sit down and con­sider that op­tion (Dwayne’s re­turn) for sure, but that’s a dis­cus­sion to be had in about six weeks time.”

Ben­jamin de­clined re­quests from the Ger­ald­ton Guardian to com­ment.

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