Ocean St as­sault case stalls

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - CHLOE LYONS chloe.lyons@sc­news.com.au

A SE­CU­RITY guard will have to wait to find out the fate of his at­tacker af­ter court­room back-and-forth de­layed sen­tenc­ing.

Robert Phillip Dunn, 25, is ac­cused of as­sault­ing se­cu­rity guard Shane Savy who came to break up a fight on Septem­ber 1, in an in­ci­dent de­scribed by po­lice as “sick­en­ing”.

Dunn – who’s a butcher at his fam­ily’s busi­ness Cot­ton Tree Meats – pleaded guilty in Ma­roochy­dore Mag­is­trates Court to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, but is­sues be­tween pros­e­cu­tion and de­fence re­gard­ing facts of the case yes­ter­day stalled the hear­ing.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Re­becca Lam­bert told the court the as­sault was “par­tic­u­larly vi­o­lent” and caused the vic­tim – who was work­ing at the time – “phys­i­cal and fi­nan­cial” dam­age.

It’s al­leged Dunn be­came in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion at an Ocean St, Ma­roochy­dore, car park be­fore Mr Savy came up be­hind him and grabbed him by the shirt.

It’s then claimed Dunn be­gan strik­ing the guard and “tack­led him head-first into the ground”, be­fore run­ning away and later hand­ing him­self in to po­lice.

Dunn’s lawyer Kurt Fowler said while the as­sault wasn’t con­tested, his client may be sub­ject to “du­plic­ity” as he was fined $756 for pub­lic nui­sance and charged with as­sault for what he be­lieved to be the same in­ci­dent.

But, Ms Lam­bert claimed the fine was re­gard­ing the al­ter­ca­tion be­fore the as­sault in which Dunn “chose to be­come in­volved”.

Due to Mr Fowler’s ar­gu­ment his client had been “pun­ished al­ready by the le­gal sys­tem” be­cause of the pub­lic nui­sance fine, mag­is­trate Ron Mad­sen ad­journed the mat­ter un­til next Fri­day.

If the par­ties can­not come to an agree­ment the mat­ter will pro­ceed to a con­test of fact hear­ing.

Dunn and Mr Savy both de­clined to com­ment out­side court.

PHOTO: CHLOE LYONS

IN COURT: Robert Phillip Dunn, 25.

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