Poker game ends up in court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A SIM­PLE poker game re­sulted in a heated ar­gu­ment and an un­ex­pected as­sault.

First a ver­bal fight erupted, then Brett Stephen Peasley grabbed an­other man by the throat be­fore punch­ing him in the face.

The pair, who knew each other, had been play­ing poker at the Ir­ish bar in Proser­pine on May 22.

They had also been drink­ing, the Mackay Mag­is­trates Court was told.

At about 12.15am, the game was down to the last three play­ers, which in­cluded Peasley while the vic­tim watched.

Pros­e­cu­tor Michael Ball said an ar­gu­ment be­gan over the game in­volv­ing Peasley and the vic­tim.

Peasley stood up and grabbed the man by the throat with his right hand, Mr Ball said.

The vic­tim stum­bled back­wards and then stood up straight at which time Peasley punched him in the face. The man’s lip im­me­di­ately be­gan to bleed, Mr Ball said.

A CT scan re­vealed bruis­ing to the man’s lar­ynx, Mr Ball told the court.

Peasley was in­ter­viewed by Whit­sun­day Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch de­tec­tives on May 25.

He told po­lice he’d only slapped the vic­tim dur­ing a poker game.

Peasley had ini­tially been charged with griev­ous bod­ily harm, but this charge was down­graded to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm on the ba­sis of med­i­cal ev­i­dence, the court was told.

De­fence solic­i­tor An­toinette Mor­ton, of Mor­ton Lawyers, said Peasley had fi­nalised mat­ters in a timely man­ner.

The 34-year-old been in cus­tody since May 26 and dur­ing that time had been as­saulted, Ms Mor­ton said.

He had also sought to deal with anger man­age­ment but the coun­selling wasn’t avail­able be­cause he hadn’t been sen­tenced, the court was told. Peasley pleaded guilty to as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm yes­ter­day.

The mat­ter was ad­journed for sen­tence to Au­gust 25 and Peasley must ap­pear in the Mackay court in per­son.

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