Fight over clothing leads to assault
A 53-YEAR-OLD man, alleged to have assaulted two people over the age of 60, has been told he is likely to serve time in jail.
Ricky John Hopkins appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with grievous bodily harm, possessing drugs and two counts of seriously assaulting people over the age of 60.
The charges stem from an incident in Proserpine’s Lurline Drive at about 10.30am on Sunday.
According to police reports, there was a fight between neighbours, believed to have been about clothing loaned some time ago.
Police have alleged that during the fight, a 66-year-old man was hit over the head with a pool cue.
They have also alleged that when his 63-year-old wife came to assist him she was bitten.
The woman received minor injuries to her leg and hands and the man suffered serious injuries, resulting in being airlifted to Mackay Hospital in a serious but stable condition and discharged on Monday afternoon.
In court on Monday, police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said drugs were found at Hopkins’ home and he was “drug affected” at the time. She opposed any application for bail.
Defence solicitor Sherrie Meade argued Hopkins had suffered injuries himself as a result of the fight – though some were determined to be the result of him smashing his face on the police car pod.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist refused bail.
“These are very serious offences and it’s likely you’ll be serving a term of imprisonment,” he said.
Hopkins, who will remain behind bars until his committal mention on August 3, called out “love you’s” to the three female family members who were present in court as he was led back to custody from the dock.