Probation for assaulting pensioner

A VICTORY Heights man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a 53-year-old female pensioner said he acted in self-defence and would have “done worse” if given another chance.

Barry Allen Maher, 40, was charged with common assault on August 19 after an argument with a woman turned violent and she made a complaint to police.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said the complainant swung her handbag at Maher in self-defence and Maher reacted by pulling the woman’s hair and punching her in the head several times.

Defence solicitor Corey Jenkins said the woman was no friend of Maher or his family.

“It’s not as bad as it looks,” he told the court.

“Would you do the same again?” Maher was asked, to which he replied, “I would have done worse if I could do it again — she asked for it.”

Maher, of Ascot Road, was placed on probation for six months.

Gympie Times


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