Man pleads guilty to assaulting woman
A 42-YEAR-OLD man pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm in Gayndah Magistrates Court on Thursday, November 26.
James William Arnold was represented by John Willet, who said his client was so intoxicated at the time his judgment was impaired.
"Mr Arnold was separating two women who were engaged in a fight in the Mundubbera Hotel when he pushed one of the women with an open hand to the face," Mr Willet said.
"My client was so intoxicated that he thought the woman, Tracey Ann McCarthy, was a man because of her short hairstyle."
The court was told by the police prosecutor that Ms McCarthy was bleeding from the mouth after the altercation.
Mr Willet said his client was willing to pay compensation to Ms McCarthy as well as paying a fine.
"Mr Arnold is a single man who now lives on his own claim in the Gemfields," Mr Willet said.
"He is remorseful of his actions and he has been of very good behaviour since the incident.
"My client is a very hardworking man and has been all of his life, engaged in many different occupations, some of what are fencing contractor, shearer, house painter and concreter."
Magistrate Barry Barrett said he would accept Arnold's early guilty plea.
"There will be a conviction recorded and a fine of $500," Mr Barrett said.
"I also award compensation of $500 to Ms McCarthy for the pain and suffering."