Bad example instigates bashing
A TEENAGER who was one of eight young men who harassed and bashed a man in his 40s on May 8 was asked by the Gympie Magistrate if he was a member of a group called LBE.
Koby Lee Mikl, 19, was in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday charged with assault occasioning bodily harm for the same offence that put Justin Morris, 19, behind bars for 12 months.
The court heard it all started with a disagreement outside the Shaft Niteclub. The man went home and Mikl, Morris and six others followed him by taxi to continue the fight.
All eight have been charged with serious offences as the man was injured and required medical attention.
When asked if he was a member of LBE, Mikl said he knew a lot of people in the group but was not one of them.
“It all happened over Facebook but I don’t use that,” he told Magistrate Maxine Baldwin.
Mrs Baldwin told the court LBE stood for Lead By Example.
“It is laughable (that someone) would think they are setting an example by going in a group to bash one person,” she said.
Duty lawyer Greg Wildie said his client was very intoxicated at the time and wasn’t sure how he got involved.
“He’s a young man with a good work history.
“He is capable of being a useful member of society,” Mr Wildie said.
Mrs Baldwin warned Mikl about getting involved in incidents that could lead to criminal charges.
“You know from Mr Morris where it can lead to,” she told him.
Mikl, of Bethany Lane, Gympie, was placed on probation for nine months.