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Pizza delivery driver punched after damaging prize car

ASSAULT CHARGE: Jared Neil Britten was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm after he punched a work colleague.
ASSAULT CHARGE: Jared Neil Britten was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm after he punched a work colleague. Contributed

A PIZZA delivery driver was punched in the face after he accidentally damaged his co-worker's prized car.

The Bundamba Domino's driver had opened his car door too wide and hit a vehicle belonging to fellow staff member Jared Neil Britten.

When the driver returned from making a delivery later that day, Britten was waiting in the car park for him.

Britten, 20, confronted his colleague about the damage to the car and - after a verbal exchange - punched the driver in the face.

As a consequence, Britten faced Ipswich Magistrates Court to plead guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Kahler said the victim suffered a bloody nose and required stitches for a cut on his lip as a result of the punch. The incident took place at 5.45pm on March 31.

Britten later told police he had become upset about the damage to his 2004 Subaru Liberty because the car "meant a lot to him."

Defence lawyer Justin Thomas said the vehicle had been left to Britten by his mother after she died.

Mr Thomas said Britten had spent a lot of money on his vehicle and that his client described the car as "his pride and joy".

He said Britten's anger was fuelled when he overheard his co-workers laughing about what had happened to his vehicle.

"He simply lost his cool when he hit the victim," Mr Thomas said.

Since the assault, Mr Thomas said Britten and his co-worker had made amends and continued to work together at Domino's.

He said his client had no prior criminal history and hoped to join the police service one day.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Britten had overreacted in the situation.

"This is a totally unacceptable way to behave - it's criminal behaviour," Ms Sturgess told Britten.

"You may well love your car and it may hold sentimental value but you cannot be reacting in this way.

"Sometimes you have to be the bigger person and forget about it.

"It's not worth injuring someone else and getting a criminal conviction over."

Britten was fined $500 and ordered to pay $250 compensation to the victim. No convictions were recorded.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm ipswich magistrates court



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