A MAN who punched another man in the face and head pleaded guilty to a single charge of public nuisance in the Emerald Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Ongheen first amended the charge from a more serious offence before he told the court how between 10pm and 10.30pm on February 16, Johnathon David Langtry was at his Capella home when he became involved in a verbal argument with another man.
Sgt Ongheen said the man had accused Langtry of breaking his dog's legs and then called for him to leave his home.
Out on the street, Langtry then got the man in a headlock and repeatedly punched him in the head.
But defence solicitor Charles Lumsden successfully argued the preceding fact that his client being attacked by the man's dog had prompted the fight in the street.
"He had travelled to Capella for his daughter's birthday," he said, and upon leaving the celebration with his son and daughter, he was confronted by the man and subsequently attacked by his dog.
He tendered photographs of Langtry's injuries to the court, and said he had been bitten on the scrotum and leg.
Mr Lumsden said Langtry was yelling at the man to bring his dog under control, and when it was eventually restrained, it broke free again and attacked his son.
Mr Lumsden said his client regretted the incident and had co-operated with police, and called for no further sentence to be imposed against his client.
Magistrate Cameron Press released Langtry on a $200 recognisant good behaviour bond, and did not record a conviction.
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