Teen bashed for plans to meet girl

MEETING up with a girl at a local nightclub went terribly wrong for a young man who ended up the target of jealousy instead.

The 18-year-old had been text messaging a girl he met and went to Shaft nightclub on May 7, expecting her to be there.

When the teenager could not locate his love-interest, he left the club but was warned about a group of men waiting to bash him because of his relationship with the girl.

He caught a cab as far as his money would take him, which got him to Nelson Reserve, but the angry group of men caught up with him while he sat there and texted the girl to find out where she was.

One of them was Scott Ian Preitz, who was charged by police after his victim pointed him out.

Preitz, 21, told Gympie Magistrates Court he was intoxicated at the time of the incident and could not recall most of the attack, except that it happened because the complainant had been pursuing a relationship with his mate’s girlfriend.

The court heard the complainant was punched in the face repeatedly and knocked to the ground on the morning of May 8.

He was kicked twice by Preitz, with the force of the impact shoving him across the grass.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said the attack went on for some time before it was broken up by a bystander and the complainant walked back to town to get treatment.

She said while police were taking details from the injured man, he pointed out his attackers when they walked past and Preitz started yelling “cliché verbal abuse” at officers.

He was charged with obstructing police and after investigations into the attack was charged with his co-offenders for the assault.

Preitz, of Nash Road, Araluen, was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service instead of a $1000 fine.

Gympie Times

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