Early to bed for Junior after pub, club ban

GLADSTONE'S nightlife is off-limits to Junior Te Kiri after he popped a guy in MiePlace nightclub.

A Gladstone magistrate banned him from the hotels and clubs in the Safe Night Out Precinct for 12 months after his one punch assault.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said Te Kiri told police the guy he hit "was trying to be a hero" with a female friend of his.

Junior Ngatai Te Awa Te Kiri, 30, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to assault causing bodily harm to the man at 2am on November 9 last year. Mr Reece said the man spoke to a woman then said something to Te Kiri who stood up and with an open palm hit him in the right eye causing bruising.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said Te Kiri would pay $500 to the man for pain and suffering. Magistrate Penelope Hay fined him $500 and did not record a conviction as he had no criminal history and would pay compensation.



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