Rumours lead to a vicious attack in row over eviction

AN IPSWICH man bashed his girlfriend's landlord as he tried to evict them from the property.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Brett Alan Vogler, 27, was staying at his ex-partner's rented property at Marburg when the landlord visited and spoke to the occupier about rent arrears.

When the landlord revisited the premises on August 15, and tried to serve the woman with an eviction notice, an argument broke out.

Vogler, acting on rumours he'd heard about the landlord being violent towards women, lashed out and punched the man to the head and face multiple times. The victim fought back and Vogler also sustained injuries.

The victim was treated at Ipswich Hospital, and received 16 stitches to his lower lip.

He also suffered three fractured ribs and bruising and cuts to his scalp, ears, torso and knees.

When police interviewed Vogler he said he'd heard rumours about the landlord, including almost running over his son, and had felt a surge of adrenalin when confronted. Vogler said he hadn't seen any of the incidents first-hand. He yesterday pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.

Prosecutor Sergeant Kerry Allison said despite Vogler's having no criminal history, an "assault of this magnitude would usually call for prison".

Magistrate Donna MacCallum said the assault was a classic example where "rumours override good sense" and although there was a level of provocation, Vogler had reacted disproportionately.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client had heard things that made him upset and angry, but accepted he went overboard with the victim.

Mr Fairclough pointed out Vogler had only lashed out in a misguided attempt to protect his family.

Vogler was fined $1200.

Topics:  brett alan vogler, ipswich magistrates court, marburg, rental dispute



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