$3000 com­pen­sa­tion for as­sault

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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