Glass­ing to ‘pro­tect a mate’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A GLASS­ING at a Proser­pine pub has been de­scribed as an act of self de­fence.

Dion Wil­liam Tate, 25, from Proser­pine, was drink­ing with a friend at the Prince of Wales Ho­tel when an ar­gu­ment turned nasty.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said the in­ci­dent oc­curred at 1.56am on Jan­uary 7 when Tate got into an ar­gu­ment with an­other man af­ter his friend was thrown to the floor.

He then “picked up a glass from the bar and smashed it over the left hand side of the man’s head”.

The fight was bro­ken up by security and pa­trons and the glassed man was taken to hospi­tal.

Plead­ing guilty and rep­re­sent­ing him­self, Tate said he had never had a “vi­o­lent charge in my life”.

“All I remember was see­ing my friend on the ground. There were peo­ple stand­ing around ev­ery­where. I was scream­ing for 30/40 sec­onds to let him up. I was scream­ing to let him go. I saw a group sur­round him,” he said.

“It was gonna end with me and my mate be­ing in­jured.”

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said the of­fence fell at the top end of the range and fined him $1500.

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