Toowoomba nightclub kick to head earns man jail term

KICKING a nightclub patron in the head after he had been felled by a mate's punch has landed a Toowoomba man with a jail term and a sizeable fine.

Andrew John Lipsett, 27, and a mate had become involved in a verbal altercation with some other people at the Cube Hotel about 10.45pm, Saturday, April 4, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Lipsett punched one man in the face, but the victim hadn't wanted to fight and later told police he hadn't wanted to make a complaint.

However, his co-accused had then punched another man who fell to the ground after which Lipsett kicked him in the head, police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson told the court.

Police claim the co-accused then also kicked the man in the head who sustained pain and soreness to the back of head and a cut to his arm, he said.


Lipsett pleaded guilty to charges of assault occasioning bodily harm, obstruction at a licensed premises and two counts of public nuisance arising from incidents that night and to refusing to give police his name during another incident on June 13.

Defence solicitor Brad Skuse told the court his client had shown a significant change of attitude since the incident and Lipsett's employer had provided a reference attesting to that.

It was unfortunate his client had kicked the man but fortunately the injuries had not appeared to have been significant, he submitted.

Magistrate Graham Lee noted Lipsett has previous offences of violence including an assault occasioning bodily harm in 2012.

He sentenced Lipsett to three months jail, but ordered the term be immediately suspended for 12 months. He was also fined $1400.

His co-accused is due to front the same court on August 12.

Topics:  cube hotel toowoomba

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sharing the love of town through song-writing

MIGRANT'S TALE: Well-known award-winning songwriter Carmelo "Charlie” Cacciola pursues his dreams.

AFTER a journey from Sicily to Mundubbera.

Ergon welcomes more recruits from the Burnett

NEW FACES: New Monto recruit for Ergon Energy Matt Brown (above left) and Ergon's new Biggenden recruit Ryan Briskey (above right).

ERGON Energy has announced two new apprentices joining the team.

You can bet on police being out in force during the races

Race-goers will be packing out the Eidsvold Race Course this Saturday.

Extra police will be on patrol for the Eidsvold Races this weekend.

Local Partners