Man fined for ‘king-hit’ on for­mer friend

Isis Town and Country - - News -

AN AP­PLE Tree Creek man who punched a for­mer friend at the Fed­eral Ho­tel has faced court.

Gary James Schofield, 40, pleaded guilty in the Childers Mag­is­trates Court to one charge of drunk and dis­or­derly con­duct.

Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Hay­ley Glover said po­lice ar­rested the man on June 7 af­ter he “king-hit” a vic­tim with such force he was knocked un­con­scious mid-air, lost con­trol of his body and fell onto the ground, where he re­mained un­con­scious for about two min­utes.

Schofield’s lawyer said his client strongly re­jected claims he king-hit the man, as the term im­plied the vic­tim was not aware the punch was com­ing.

He ar­gued his client be­lieved the punch “wasn’t that hard”, but he ac­cepted that he should have just walked away.

The man’s lawyer al­leged the com­plainant was ex­tremely in­tox­i­cated and pushed Schofield first.

But Mag­is­trate Gary Fin­ger wouldn’t stand for ex­cuses and warned Schofield to “wake up to your­self”. Mag­is­trate Fin­ger re­minded Schofield that “one punch can kill”.

Schofield was fined $800 and banned from the ho­tel for three months.

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