Landlord bashed by tenants

FURNITURE removalist Dean Trevor Ross Devlin was placed on probation and ordered to pay compensation to his victim when he was convicted in Gympie Magistrates Court for assaulting the landlord of a Rainbow Beach holiday unit in October last year.

Devlin, 28, had also faced a charge of committing a public nuisance from December when he and his friends caused a disturbance at a Tin Can Bay caravan park.

The court heard Devlin had joined his brother in assaulting the landlord when the man called in on their unit because of his concern about a fight that was going on between the tenants.

He suffered concussion and abrasions to the mouth from being punched several times in the head and Magistrate Maxine Baldwin ordered Devlin pay him $539 for pain and discomfort and placed him on probation.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said officers spoke to Devlin in January about the public nuisance offence and he admitted to talking loud and offensively while walking through the caravan park on Christmas Eve.

It was believed he and a number of other men had taunted the park’s manager and a resident who had complained about them another time previously.

The court heard Devlin, of Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay, was serving a suspended sentence when he committed the offences and it was extended by one month for the breach. He was placed on probation for six months for committing a public nuisance and another 12-month period of probation for assault occasioning bodily harm.

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