Wife gets punched in fight
A MAN got into a fight while drunk which resulted in his wife being punched.
Joseph Alex Mellar, 29, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one count of public nuisance, contravene a move on direction, obstruct police and possess marijuana.
Police prosecutor Shayne Studdert said police were patrolling when they spotted a large group gathered around two males on the corner of William and East Sts about 1.30am on April 29.
He said they observed the two men, one of whom was Mellar, egging each other to fight and Mellar’s wife being punched and falling to the ground.
The police broke up the fight and told everyone to move on, but Mellar didn’t.
When police went to arrest him, he resisted and one officer had to place him in a headlock to restrain him.
After his arrest, he was searched and police found 0.25g of marijuana and four seeds in a metal tin.
Duty lawyer Samantha Legrady said Mellar recalls the other man in the fight starting the altercation.
She said Mellar was punched twice and pulled away.
Ms Legrady said with regards to the failure to move on, Mellar saw the others involved in the earlier fight walking in his direction and accusing him of getting them kicked.
Magistrate Mark Morrow asked whether Mellar’s wife was okay after being punched before ordering him to pay a $200 fine. No conviction was recorded.