Jaleel Beezley saw a man peeing on the grass outside the Commonwealth Bank then assaulted a man. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer
Jaleel Beezley saw a man peeing on the grass outside the Commonwealth Bank then assaulted a man. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer Ross Irby

Public urination lead to elbow in the face from this man

JALEEL Beezley came across a man peeing on the patch of grass around 11pm outside the Gladstone Commonwealth Bank. He didn't like what he saw and commented.

Moments later Beezley elbowed one of the late night piddler's mates in the face.

Sent unconscious Luke Drinkwater fell, his head and back hitting the concrete footpath.

Gladstone Magistrates Court heard that Beezley, 22, reacted after he apparently misunderstood what was said back to him in reply.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said the victim went to a 21st birthday party that evening at the Grand Hotel and left with friends at 11pm.

One of the young men stopped and urinated on the grass outside the Commonwealth Bank when Beezley saw it and made a comment.

When the other man said something back Beezley "elbowed him hard in the face" rendering him unconscious.

Sgt Stevens said Beezley admitted assaulting the man because he thought he was shaping up to him.

Beezley pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm.

Magistrate Mark Morrow said it was not premeditated and the injuries not serious, but was gratuitous violence done to a stranger, which warranted a jail sentence.

He said Beezley had a prior offence for a similar assault.

Mr Morrow sentenced him to nine months jail, ordering his immediate release on parole.



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