Last of LBE assault saga

IT was the “last of the LBE saga”, police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said when Hayden James Meehan appeared before Gympie Magistrates Court charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

Meehan 18, was part of a group of young men who attacked a man in his 40s on May 8 after they turned up to his house at Monkland for a party and refused to leave when asked.

“One went to jail and the rest got probation,” Snr Const Manns told Magistrate Maxine Baldwin to refresh her memory.

Defence lawyer Corey Jenkins said Meehan was part of the group that caught a taxi to the man’s house for a fight.

“There was a lot of chest puffing going on, he knew what was going to take place,” Mr Jenkins said.

“My client was just part of the group (but) he walked away when they started attacking the man.

“He is a pretty decent person with no criminal history.”

When Mrs Baldwin asked Meehan if he was a member of the LBE group (which stood for Lead by Example), he said he had been.

“It was a school thing... just a bunch of mates, nothing else,” Meehan said.

“How is it leading by an example to carry out an assault on one person?” It’s not exactly brave,” Mrs Baldwin said.

“I’d like to see you lead by example in a positive way... Next time, be the voice of reason... Your role was unacceptable despite the fact it was minor.

Meehan, of Old Maryborough Road, Gympie was placed on probation for six months with no conviction recorded.

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