Club 88 assault on woman lands young father in court
A BEENAAM Valley father who pushed a woman into a table at a nightclub has avoided more serious punishment after it emerged the story the victim told police differed to what happened.
Jacob Liam Day pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday to unlawfully assaulting the woman at Club 88 in the CBD, early in the morning of New Year’s Day.
Police prosecutor Lisa Manns told the court the woman complained to police the next day.
She told them 27-year-old Day – who had been assaulted by the woman’s partner last year – approached her while she was sitting at a table at the club, the court heard.
Police were told he began to verbally abuse her, calling her a “piece of s---”, and when he finally left she followed “only to find out what his problem was”.
She said he then pushed her over, causing her to hit her back when she crashed into a table, and knocking her engagement ring off.
However CCTV footage revealed a different story.
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It showed Day walked straight past the table, and it was the victim who began to yell at Day, leaving the table and following him.
Day’s lawyer Greg Wildie said during this the woman called Day “you white dog” and told him “you’re dead”.
It was then that Day pushed her over.
Mr Wildie said Day had been “seriously hurt” in the 2019 assault, and had needed steel plates and metal screws in his jaw.
On the night in question he had been out celebrating New Year’s Eve with his then-pregnant girlfriend.
“He admits he could have sat tight and waited for security,” Mr Wildie said, telling the court that same night security guards had to break up two other incidents involving the victim.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan lamented that in none of Day’s submissions had the words “regret” or “remorse” made an appearance.
“That’s a shame,” Mr Callaghan said.
“You’ve got to learn to walk away from things like that.”
Day was fined $200 and no conviction was recorded.