FIGHT: Amit Mahat, 23, was found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed for attacking his co-worker with a large stick.
FIGHT: Amit Mahat, 23, was found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed for attacking his co-worker with a large stick. Mike Knott BUN010911FAR7

Fruit picker faces court for clubbing co-worker with stick

A FRUIT-PICKER in Gayndah has faced court after assaulting a co-worker with a large stick after he claims the victim had been bullying him.

Defence lawyer Travis George said the victim had been bullying defendant Amit Mahat, 23, putting him down in front of other workers and criticising his work.

"After one week he simply just snapped, he knew it was the wrong thing to do and he's remorseful," Mr George said.

Mahat picked up a large stick off the ground, around 4cm thick and one metre long, and used it to strike his victim in the back of the head, knocking him unconscious.

Mahat then proceeded to punch his unconscious victim in the head and shoulders.

The victim sustained minor head injuries.

Mr George said Mahat has been unable to find work since being fired as a result of the incident, despite him actively seeking employment.

Magistrate Terry Duroux said Mahat, who is in Australia on a visa from Nepal, should "extend the courtesy" of obeying Australia's laws.

"This is a serious charge," he said.

Mahat pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.

He was sentenced to four months imprisonment, wholly suspended, and a conviction was recorded.


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