CCTV confirms reason for punch-up

MATES who punched a 41-year-old man at a Gympie hotel on February 5 said they did it because of the disgusting comments he made.

CCTV footage backed their story and police pressed charges against only one of the men after investigating officers reached the conclusion the other had been provoked.

Rex Douglas Carney, 32, was “left holding the baby” and faced Gympie Magistrates Court charged with common assault.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said CCTV footage recorded the victim leaning over to speak to Carney’s friend.

There was a scuffle, which was broken up by security and patrons but then the man moved next to Carney and said something, at which point Carney punched him in the head.

Defence solicitor Ben Dore said his client was on a night out with mates when they were approached several times by the complainant.

The group tried to avoid him but the man became verbally abusive and Carney and his friend reacted to what was said.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said she could read between the lines and commented that Carney was “left holding the baby”. Carney, of Pine Street, Gympie, was placed on a good behaviour bond for 12 months and ordered to pay compensation of $1200. No conviction was recorded.

Gympie Times


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