Bashing charge upgraded

A TEENAGER accused of bashing a Maryborough cabbie had his charge upgraded from serious assault to grievous bodily harm this week.

James Arthur Steyger, 19, appeared in custody in the Maryborough Magistrates Court.

He was originally charged with serious assault of a person over 60 years old, however prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord yesterday produced the alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

Steyger allegedly attacked the cabbie in the early hours of November 14. The 62-year-old driver was working a late shift in the Maryborough CBD when a female passenger allegedly refused to pay a fare. The driver followed the woman to a Wharf Street pub, where Steyger allegedly assaulted the man.

The bashing caused severe damage to the man’s right eye.

Steyger did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody until his next court mention on February 8.



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