$3000 compensation for assault
ARCHIE James Kerr-Bell was fined $1500 and ordered to pay $3000 in compensation costs after pleading guilty to a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.
In June 2013, Kerr-Bell was invited to stay with the man who became the victim of the assault. The court heard that the victim allegedly became frustrated at Kerr-Bell’s length of stay and the fact that he did not contribute to rent.
The victim decided to leave the residence but while he was packing his possessions an incident occurred involving possessions belonging to Kerr-Bell.
Kerr-Bell allegedly reacted by punching the victim several times in the head and neck area, causing swelling, lacerations to the lower lip and a dislodged tooth.
Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said as far as Kerr-Bell was concerned, the incident had arisen “out of the blue”. She said the 29year-old, who now lives in Townsville, believed he could stay with the victim in exchange for some equipment and did not recall any issues being raised before this point.
“He never wanted this matter to escalate to the level that it did,” she said, adding that Kerr-Bell regretted losing his temper.