Ocean St assault case stalls
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.
IN COURT: Robert Phillip Dunn, 25.