Good deed pun­ished

Man sucker punches bloke try­ing to keep peace

NewsMail - - NEWS - SARAH STEGER Sarah.Steger@news-mail.com.au

A MAN try­ing to break up a fight between two drunk men had his good in­ten­tions bashed out of him when mul­ti­ple blows to the face left him need­ing X-rays and an emer­gency den­tist ap­point­ment.

On Mon­day the Bund­aberg Mag­is­trates Court heard Childers res­i­dent Cristin Wil­liam Mor­rish plead guilty to one count of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm.

The charge comes af­ter Mor­rish smashed his fist into the man’s face when he tried to stop a vi­o­lent fight between two fel­low drinkers on June 29 last year.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble An­drew Blunt said Mor­rish and an­other man were talk­ing, play­ing pool and sit­ting at the bar at a pub near St George, drink­ing to­gether be­fore things un­rav­elled.

About 10.30pm the two got into an ar­gu­ment when Mor­rish called the vic­tim and an­other man “sheep f---ers and big not­ers”.

The ar­gu­ment es­ca­lated when Mor­rish pushed out his chest and slammed it into the an ac­quain­tance of the vic­tim.

He then threw his closed fist at the same man – the punch con­nect­ing with his eye­brow.

Try­ing to re­gain the peace, the vic­tim stepped between Mor­rish and the other man, but was punched in the mouth as a re­sult.

The in­stant pain was fol­lowed by an­other blow, this time re­sult­ing in blood spilling from his mouth.

Mor­rish’s friends then in­ter­vened and re­moved him.

Sen Const Blunt said the vic­tim spat out a bloody chip from his front tooth and suf­fered two cuts on his up­per lip as well as heavy bruis­ing.

The next morn­ing, the vic­tim had to miss work and drive to a den­tist about two hours from his home, where he had X-rays taken that re­vealed a crack in his front tooth.

He had the tooth glued – the en­tire ser­vice cost­ing him $197.

De­fence lawyer Craig Ryan said his client wished “to ex­press his re­morse and apol­o­gise to the vic­tim”.

“He does not wish to lessen the of­fence in any way and is will­ing to pay what­ever rea­son­able ex­penses for the re­pairs to the tooth of the vic­tim,” Mr Ryan said.

“The vic­tim was try­ing to in­ter­vene when he was en­gaged in es­sen­tially an ar­gu­ment and brawl, which he was largely re­spon­si­ble for.”

Mag­is­trate Belinda Mer­rin heard Mor­rish, who works at a so­lar farm as a con­struc­tion and in­stal­la­tion spe­cial­ist, had sim­i­lar types of of­fence in his crim­i­nal his­tory.

None­the­less, she ac­knowl­edged “the ref­er­ence from (Mor­rish’s) em­ployer (who spoke) highly of (him)”.

“It seems you are a hard and ded­i­cated worker,” she said.

She fined him $1200.

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