Rocky speedway security guard punched over beer takeaway

A MAN who assaulted a security guard at the Rockhampton Speedway says it all could have been avoided if the guard had just "spoken nicely".

Desmond Charles Payne pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday, after the March 27 incident.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Manon Barwick told the court the 58-year-old had been attempting to leave the premises with a can of beer when a security guard stopped him.

When he ignored the first request, the security guard then grabbed Payne by his collar.

"He turned and hit the victim in the right cheek. His glasses fell off to the ground," Snr Con Barwick said.

The court heard Payne believed he was "treated unfairly" by the security guard, and was acting in self defence.

Defence solicitor Grant Cagney said his client told him "it could have been avoided if he had spoken nicely and not grabbed him."

It was also revealed Payne was a carer for his wife, who has polio.

In his sentencing, Magistrate Cameron Press said security employers were entitled to dismiss people from premises.

"This is an offence that has involved violence," he said.

"If you had come before the court having done something like this previously, you could be seeing a term of imprisonment."

Payne was fined $2000 and ordered to pay compensation to the victim.



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