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Beer drinker cracks at XXXX logo

KEVIN George Hughes must really hate XXXX beer.

The 49-year-old assaulted a man simply because he was driving a corporate vehicle branded with the XXXX logo.

Hughes pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to one charge of common assault.

Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand said Hughes was driving with a male friend when they spotted the XXXX van at a Redbank Plains Rd intersection.

Mr Le Grand said the two men pulled up behind the vehicle and began shouting abuse while honking their horn.

The pair then drove up next to the van whereby Hughes shouted "XXXX is s**t" to the driver, Troy Corbo.

Hughes then threw a half-full bottle of Tooheys Extra Dry into Corbo's open window, which struck the 27-year-old in the face.

Mr Corbo recorded the car registration details and informed police and Hughes was eventually found and charged.

Mr Le Grand said although Mr Corbo escaped serious injury, there was a need to deter such behaviour on the roads.

During sentencing, Judge Greg Koppenol described Hughes' actions as "reckless behaviour".

"If the vehicles had been travelling quickly at the time of the incident, it could have been a disastrous situation," Judge Koppenol said.

"It's fortunate that greater damage was not caused."

Mr Koppenol said Hughes had a criminal history in both Queensland and New South Wales that spanned 30 years.

Hughes was sentenced to three months jail, suspended for 12 months.

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