13-year-old schoolboy assaulted

AN 18-year-old man who assaulted a 13-year-old boy faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on a charge of common assault and breach of probation.

The man, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to the charges.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Reynolds said at 4.02pm on March 11 it was alleged the man assaulted a 13-year-old boy on his way home from school in Park Street on a pathway into the hospital grounds.

He grabbed his victim by the shirt, tearing it and asked him why he had ripped him off.

He then punched the victim in the face, cutting his mouth.

He told police the victim owed him money and said he slapped him, not punched him and knew it was wrong.

Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow said his client was an 18-year-old unemployed man.

“My client was in the company of another person who told him the 13-year-old had taken some of his property. My client thought the victim was 17 years old and admitted to police he had committed the offence.”

Magistrate Damian Carroll told the defendant he regarded this offence very seriously.

“You assaulted a 13-year-old schoolboy,” he said. “This is thuggery and I will not tolerate it. Violence is an offence where prison is not a last option. Come back again and you will go to jail.”

The man was placed on 100 hours community service to be completed in six months.

He was fined $175 or three days jail for breach of probation with convictions recorded.

His probation order will continue.

Also in court last Thursday, a woman pleaded guilty to driving without a licence, SPER suspended. Elisha Karlie Hughes was intercepted by police at 9.15pm on June 23 on Tank Street for an RBT.

Her licence had been suspended on April 13 and she told police she was moving house.

The defendant, who represented herself, told Magistrate Damian Carroll it wouldn't happen again and she paid the fine as soon as she realised she was suspended.

Magistrate Carroll fined Hughes $300 or four days jail and disqualified her from driving for one month.

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