Boy, 14, punched af­ter man flees pub as­sault

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Tara Miko tara.miko@thechron­i­

A MAN in­volved in a fight out­side a pub cel­e­brat­ing its re-open­ing has been charged for a sec­ond as­sault the same morn­ing.

Po­lice will al­lege two Dalby men, aged 22 and 28, struck two men out­side Dalby’s Coun­try Club Ho­tel about 12.30am Sun­day.

The 28-year-old was ar­rested at the scene and charged with as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, while the younger man fled the area.

One of the two men al­legedly struck by the pair was knocked un­con­scious and fell to the pave­ment, striking his head hard.

Po­lice will al­lege the 22-year-old punched a boy, 14, sit­ting on a push­bike out­side Domino’s Pizza about five min­utes af­ter the pub in­ci­dent.

The man was ar­rested and charged af­ter the boy, who suf­fered a black eye and bruis­ing, filed a com­plaint with po­lice.

The man has been charged with two counts of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm and will ap­pear in court on November 20.

Po­lice will seek a court-or­dered ban for the two men, bar­ring them from at­tend­ing any li­censed venue in town.

It’s a con­tin­u­a­tion of a strong stand against al­co­hol-fu­elled vi­o­lence in Dalby, with po­lice and pub­li­cans unit­ing to stamp out wrong­ful be­hav­iour.

Dalby po­lice Sergeant Sean Don­aghy said the com­mu­nity needed to learn that li­censed venue own­ers and op­er­a­tors would not tol­er­ate vi­o­lence.

“Be­have or be banned,” Sgt Don­aghy said.

“Dalby pubs will not tol­er­ate vi­o­lence.

“Pub­li­cans will not tol­er­ate any form of vi­o­lence in­side or out­side li­censed venues.”

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