Couple not guilty of fight

THE SON of Fraser Coast councillor Les MucKan and his girlfriend have been found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to a teenage girl during an alcohol-fuelled stoush.

Mackenzie Raymond MucKan and Mellesa Kathleen Ruby Togo were accused of causing an injury to 19-year-old Meliah Woulfe which resulted in her having surgery on her shattered wrist.

Doctors said that had her wrist not been tended to, she could have lost function in part of her arm.

Ms Woulfe told the court she had been walking away from a nightclub just after 3am on September 19, 2009, when she became involved in an argument with the couple which ended in “arms and legs flying everywhere”.

She claimed the couple followed her, yelling out comments like they hoped she had “little children” so they could “kill her in front of them”.

She also said she had exchanged punches with Ms Togo before “ending up” on the ground where the couple “stomped and kicked” her, resulting in the broken wrist.

But defence barrister Katarina Prskalo rejected Ms Woulfe's claims and said witness accounts did not support her claims.

She said Ms Togo and Ms Woulfe had become involved in a fight and Mr MucKan had simply tried to separate them.

She said that by Ms Woulfe's own account legs and arms were “flying everywhere” and asked the jury to consider a doctor's evidence that the wrist break was consistent with someone who had lost their balance and reached out to stop themselves from falling.

The jury reached its not guilty verdict in just under four hours.



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