A HOT-TEMPERED plasterer "lost control" when he attacked a passenger in a car that almost reversed into him.
At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Davor Borovac pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and wilful damage.
The 33-year-old was passing through a car park in Springfield Lakes when a vehicle almost accidentally backed into him.
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Police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Kahler said Borovac responded by throwing his hands in the air and yelling at the driver and her passenger.
The dispute escalated when the self-employed plasterer moved to the passenger's side of the car and punched the driver's partner in the face.
Sgt Kahler said Borovac landed a couple more blows before he was pulled away by his mate.
Borovac kicked the vehicle as it drove away, which caused a dent in the passenger's door. The passenger sustained cuts and abrasions to his face.
The incident took place about 6pm on February 6.
Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said the assault was not premeditated and his client had simply become angry and "lost control".
Mr Fairclough said the Borovac was of Croatian descent and that during the incident "words were exchanged" between his client and the victim.
He claimed Borovac was told to "go back to his country", which provoked him into committing the offence.
Mr Fairclough said his client had no history of violence and was remorseful for his actions.
In sentencing, magistrate Deborah Vasta said even though Borovac may have been verbally abused, it did not excuse his violent outburst.
Ms Vasta said Borovac's behaviour had been "way over the top" and "out of control".
She said the courts had cracked down on people who engaged in acts of violence in response to minor traffic incidents.
Borovac was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for two years.
He was also ordered to pay $764.50 to repair the damage he caused to the vehicle as well as $500 in compensation to the victim.