News

Road rage: Motorist punched repeatedly after close call

A ROAD-RAGE attacker punched a man repeatedly in the head after they were apparently involved in a near-accident.

Oriha Ivory Gasu pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to assault occasioning bodily harm.

Police prosecutor senior constable Trent Voigt said Gasu, 22, had been upset with the other driver for cutting him off in traffic.

The two men pulled their cars to the side of the road in Springwood on March 17 after the minor traffic incident took place.

Sen Const Voigt said the two men quarrelled about the near miss but that Gasu appeared to have shown no signs of aggression.

As the exchange came to an end, Gasu - without warning - punched the man in the back of the head as he turned to walk away.

The force of the punch knocked the victim's glasses off his head and caused him to roll his ankle as he tried to balance himself.

The blow was followed by a flurry of punches from Gasu, which connected with the man's jaw and head.

The final hit - to the back of the head - caused the victim to fall to the ground and momentarily lose consciousness.

The man was later treated by ambulance officers and suffered "immense pain" to his jaw, head and left side of his body.

Defence lawyer Time Imo said the incident was a classic case of road rage but that Gasu's behaviour was "out of character".

Gasu, who lives in Ipswich, told police that he thought the victim wanted to fight, but later acknowledged he may have misread his body language.

Mr Imo said his client had a short criminal history with no prior offences for assault and was remorseful.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said it was fortunate Gasu's attack did not severely injure or kill the victim.

"I'm sure you've heard of the One Punch Can Kill campaign," he said.

"If you punch someone in the head, you may well cause their death - you punched this man about six or seven times.

"People often make mistakes while driving on the roads and if they do, we need to show a bit of tolerance." Gasu was fined $1000 and placed on probation for a year.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm, ipswich magistrates court, road rage




Lawyers want teens out of adult jails

Top lawyer calls for 17 year-olds to be removed from adult jails

Ipswich man guilty of sodomising 15yo girl: Appeal failed

Young Ipswich man fails to appeal sodomy conviction

Greyhound trainer sticks by guilty plea

SENTENCE PENDING: Tom Noble leaves Ipswich District Court.

Tom Noble won't use illegal tapes as live baiting defence

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'


This week's community billboard

Want to get involved in gardening? The Glebe Rd Uniting Church Garden Club meets first Saturday of each month.

Toastmaster, Tai Chi, Scouts, the Men's Shed and more

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Mexican band takes aim at Trump

Disguised as unhinged narcotraficantes, the Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the citys minorities with the bands infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Geros (Killing White People), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.  Photo Contributed

'Satanic drug lord' band challenges Trump

Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder dead at 83

A still of Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Social media has already lit up with tributes to the late actor.

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m