$2000 fine for smashing bottle

A HERVEY Bay father who smashed a glass bottle over a man’s head, leaving “big puddles” of blood on the club dance floor has faced court.

Andrew Dennis Low was, by his own admission, “very drunk” when he went out to Rumaz Nightclub with friends on New Year’s Eve, the court was told.

The court heard the victim had been dancing with a friend when a man in a white shirt started to “rub his groin” against him.

The victim said he asked the man to leave him alone and walked away.

Later the victim said the man in the white shirt gestured for him to walk over but while on his way, a man in a yellow shirt appeared in front of him and smashed a bottle over his head.

He was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital where he received nine stiches to his forehead and two or three to his lip and chin.

The defence argued that conflicting evidence from witnesses, particularly regarding the colour of the assailant’s shirt, made it impossible to prove the accused was the offender.

But Magistrate Tom Killeen said he was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was guilty.

He fined Low $2000 and ordered him to pay $3000 in compensation to the victim.

A conviction was not recorded.



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