Ar­gu­ment at pub

Whitsunday Times - - PROSERPINE MAGISTRATE’S COURT -

AN AR­GU­MENT at the Dingo Beach Ho­tel has led to a 38year-old lo­cal man be­ing fined $1000 for as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm.

Richard Ben Wheeler was chat­ting to a woman who had pre­vi­ously worked with him, at about 3.35pm on Oc­to­ber 12.

As the con­ver­sa­tion be­came heated, he struck the vic­tim across the neck and she fell to the floor, re­sult­ing in a bro­ken rib and dis­lo­cated coc­cyx.

Duty lawyer An­toinette Mor­ton said Wheeler did not mean to strike the vic­tim and was re­morse­ful.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said in cases like th­ese there was al­ways two ver­sions of the story.

“You de­scribe it to me one way but the com­plainant de­scribes it dif­fer­ently. The $1000 fine re­flects the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fence.”

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