Ru­mour mill bags punch

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

ONE punch was enough to land a Can­non­vale man with a sus­pended prison sen­tence.

Pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said at 8.30am on March 19, the vic­tim was sit­ting on the front bal­cony of his Can­non­vale home with an­other man when they saw Robert Alex Vormis­ter, 47, pull into the drive­way.

The vic­tim recog­nised Vormis­ter, who got out of his car and started shout­ing.

It was al­leged Vormis­ter was up­set over ru­mours spread about him by the vic­tim through his part­ner, who works with Vormis­ter’s for­mer part­ner.

Vormis­ter asked the man to fight him on the lawn. Af­ter be­ing asked to leave, he at­tempted to walk onto the bal­cony when he was pushed back by the vic­tim.

When the vic­tim turned to his friend for help, Vormis­ter punched the vic­tim in the jaw.

The friend po­si­tioned him­self be­tween the two men be­fore Vormis­ter left.

The vic­tim suf­fered a lac­er­a­tion to the right side of his mouth, which re­quired two stitches.

Vormis­ter said the vic­tim was also ver­bally ag­gres­sive.

On March 23, Vormis­ter vol­un­tar­ily at­tended the po­lice sta­tion where he made ad­mis­sions. He was sen­tenced to six months im­pris­on­ment, wholly sus­pended for 18 months.

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