Biloela man charged after drug deal goes wrong

A BUSINESS deal gone awry landed Nathan Tui Kororiko in Rockhampton Magistrate's Court on April 11 to face assault charges.

On March 4, the 26-year-old Biloela resident agreed to meet with a person known to him to discuss a deal they had entered into the previous day.

The two men had agreed to swap a go kart for a motor vehicle but the deal turned ugly when the vehicle didn't appear to be working.

The court heard Kororiko organised to meet the other man at Dawson Town Village in Moura about 10pm.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Manon Barwick told the court Kororiko became aggressive at the meeting due to the vehicle not working.

"He became aggressive towards the victim who was sitting in the front seat of the vehicle doing a diagnostic on the vehicle when Kororiko stood behind the driver's side door and struck the victim to the face and body between four to eight times. The victim suffered a cut below his right eye.

Kororiko was also charged with one count of possessing dangerous drugs at his Biloela home.

The court heard police executed a search warrant at his Biloela home at 6.20pm on March 18 where they found two clipseal bags, one weighing 1.1g and one weighing 1.3g, containing methamphetamines.

Kororiko pleaded guilty to one charge of assault occasioning bodily harm and one charge of possessing dangerous drugs.

Kororiko was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for assault occasioning bodily harm and three months' imprisonment for possessing dangerous drugs, with a parole release date of April 22.



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