Poker game ends up in court
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.