Fined after 50 cans of beer and a punch-up

A MAN who assaulted his neighbour's son at an Ebbw Vale petrol station after drinking 50 cans of beer has been fined $1200.

Anthony Terrence Palmer, 24, pleaded guilty on Thursday at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to assault occasioning bodily harm and public nuisance.

Palmer, who had been drinking for 24 hours, walked across the road from his house to the Freedom Fuels on Brisbane Rd when he saw his neighbour's son filling up his car.

Palmer approached the man and shoved him in the chest away from the pump. Palmer shoved him a second time before punching him in the ear. A third man jumped in to try to stop the fight which was captured on CCTV.

Soon after, police attended Palmer's house where they found him heavily intoxicated. He told them he'd consumed 50 cans of beer in the previous 24 hours and had almost no sleep.

The court heard there had been an ongoing dispute between Palmer and his neighbour for up to three years.

Palmer's defence lawyer said the man, who was filling up his car, said something to Palmer which began the altercation. Magistrate Dermot Kehoe said there was no excuse for Palmer to resort to violence.


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