Punched for allegedly trying to touch friend's wife

A 36-YEAR-OLD man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a "former friend" and neighbour at the Baker's Creek caravan park where they were living.

Prosecutor Michael Ball told the court that on June 14, the victim was found by police with a cut on his lip and blood on his face.

He said Shane Rodney Harris had used his fists to hit the victim over the head several times.

Mr Ball said a friend of the men, who lived in a neighbouring caravan, witnessed the assault.

Defence solicitor Cathy Cover said all three men had been drinking alcohol at a going away party.

She said the victim had tried to touch Harris' wife inappropriately.

Ms Cover said there had been a verbal altercation between the victim and the woman, and she and Harris left the party.

Harris went to get food, and when he returned home he couldn't see his wife, Ms Coven said.

She said he approached the men to ask if they'd seen her, and "a sexual hand gesture was made" as to her whereabouts.

Ms Coven said Harris accepted that he'd reacted inappropriately.

Mr Ball said the victim had told police the assault had been unprovoked.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said the discrepancy of facts made "a huge difference" to the case.

He adjourned the matter to November 16.



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