Magistrate tells Granville man to keep his fists to himself

A MAN who assaulted two people, including a 16-year-old, has escaped jail time.

Granville's Troy William Henderson, 21, pleaded guilty to both assaults and two drug charges in Maryborough Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Michael Quirk said Henderson and his then partner drove to the home of a Maryborough man to whom Henderson had given money to buy speed, on May 29.

The court heard the man did not buy the drug and lost the money.

Sgt Quirk said Henderson repeatedly punched the man over the debt.

He said police called to the scene found the victim hiding at a nearby caravan park with blood on his hands, knees, nose and mouth.

Duty lawyer Daniel Ould said Henderson had punched the victim to distract his partner from grabbing a knife stored in their car and potentially stabbing the victim.

Less than a fortnight later, on June 8, Henderson attacked a 16-year-old working at Station Square by grabbing him around the neck and punching him three times.

Sgt Quirk said Henderson told officers he assaulted the teen because he said something offensive to a female friend Henderson was with at the time.

Henderson was fined $1500 for the assault on May 29 and ordered to pay $1000 compensation to the victim.

Magistrate John Smith also gave Henderson a two-month suspended prison sentence and ordered him to pay $500 in compensation for the assault on June8.

"I'm going to give you one chance and one chance only," Mr Smith told Henderson.

"Keep your fists to yourself."

Henderson was also fined another $400 for possessing drug utensils and $500 for possessing cannabis.



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