Fight over cloth­ing leads to as­sault

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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