Joshua Taylor and Rebecca Maddin leave Gladstone Courthouse after receiving jail sentences (immediate parole release or suspended) for assaults. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer
Joshua Taylor and Rebecca Maddin leave Gladstone Courthouse after receiving jail sentences (immediate parole release or suspended) for assaults. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer Ross Irby

Young parents 'callous' for assaulting man and driving off

A MAGISTRATE labelled the behaviour of a young couple "callous" when they just drove off after their nasty attack left a man injured and bleeding.

Gladstone Magistrates Court heard Joshua Taylor and Rebecca Maddin, both 24, in front of their two children and others, bashed Michael Bowen outside the medical centre in the Windmill shopping centre.

Mr Bowen was reversing out of a car park but stopped when he believed the couple were laughing and pointing at him.

Verbal insults were made then both men were "forehead to forehead" before Mr Bowen was punched.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said the victim ended up with two facial wounds near his right eye, requiring 12 stitches.

"You can stand there and keep bleeding dickhead," Sgt Stevens said Taylor called out as the pair drove off.

Sgt Stevens said when the men stepped back from their heads touching, Maddin walked over with a clenched fist and struck Mr Bowen on his right cheek, causing dizziness.

Taylor then punched him above the right eye and then below the right eye, causing him to stumble backwards with blood dripping from the lacerations.

"He stumbled around in front of the shops until a lady came to his aid," Sgt Stevens said.

"He received internal and external stitches."

Taylor pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm on September 9 last year.

Ms Maddin pleaded guilty to unlawful assault causing bodily harm while in company.

Why they did it was never fully explained in court.

Defence lawyer Cassandra Ditchfield said the pair instructs they had been shopping and laughing between themselves when they saw Mr Bowen get out of his car aggressively.

There was a heated verbal disagreement and a threat to kill was made.

Ms Ditchfield said they claimed there was "no loss of control".

Ms Ditchfield agreed with Magistrate Penelope Hay that (in agreed police facts) both men made threats toward each other and that there was no threat to harm their children.

"The circumstances of this offence are curious," Ms Hay said.

"It is clear there was some relationship in order for the victim to become concerned.

"That you were acting in an inappropriate way toward him, laughing at him."

Ms Hay found there had been a heated argument with threats made by both men, but this did not excuse their serious conduct in public.

"Leaving him bleeding was callous disregard to another human being," Ms Hay said.

Taylor was sentenced to six months' jail with his immediate release to parole, and ordered to pay $500 compensation to his victim.

Ms Hay said Maddin was the first person to throw a punch and sentenced her to three months' jail, suspended for 12 months.



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