Husband and wife fined over 'vigilante' revenge attack

A HUSBAND and wife who took the law into their own hands and bashed a man on the side of the road in a revenge "vigilante" attack have faced court.

Chrisanthi Marie Baines, 30, and her husband Stewart Baines, 32, today pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to a charge each of assault causing bodily harm with Mr Baines also pleading to a charge of stealing.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover said on April 26 last year, the pair pulled up next to a man who had stopped his car on Milden St, Gin Gin and while his wife waited in the car, Mr Baines launched an attack on the man.

"Stewart got out and said, 'Hey mate, you like bashing women?'," Snr Const Glover said.

"He started punching the man to the face about five times.

"He then started to kick the complinant who was still in the car."

Mr Baines the took the man's phone and fled the scene with his now wife yelling to the victim 'I told you my boyfriend would belt you up,' before speeding off.

The pair represented themselves in court and Mrs Baines said the victim had in fact attacked her the day before after a neighbourhood dispute broke out when her dog escaped and attacked another neighbour's dog.

Mrs Baines said a female neigbour had threatened to hit her with a pole and as the pair argued, the male victim grabbed her and started pushing her away.

"He pushed me down," she said.

"He's physically attacked me with a punch to the left jaw."

Police were unable to attend that day and before they could investigate that matter, the husband and wife took matters into their own hands.

"We're not violent people your honour," Mr Baines said.

"I apologise and obvoiusly if I could go back and take it back I would."

Magistrate Deb Vasta fined Mrs Baines $400 fine with no conviction recorded while her husband who has a criminal history and inflicted the violence was fined $1600, had a conviction recorded and was ordered to pay the victim $400 restitution.

"It was clearly a case of vigilante justice taking the law into your own hands," she said.

"It was a day later when passions have cooled - there's no excuse for it."



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