Man picks fight in shopping centre

A MAN punched a stranger in an Ipswich shopping centre because he was “staring” at his friend.

Zachary Paul Crosswell yelled at the man in Booval Fair Shopping Centre and challenged him to a fight.

The man declined, but Crosswell leaned in to try and hit him.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the victim hit the aggressor back in self-defence, but Crosswell punched him in the face.

Members of the public restrained Crosswell until police arrived about 3pm.

Crosswell, 18, told police he had taken offence because the victim had been staring at his friend.

Crosswell, who had no previous criminal history, pleaded guilty to common assault.

He was offered a $450 good behaviour bond for three months.

No conviction was recorded, but he was ordered to pay $100 compensation for pain and suffering.

Defence lawyer Michael Kelly said Crosswell had been drinking with friends on the morning before engaging in the “childish behaviour”.

Mr Kelly said his client had since moved to Gympie to live with his aunt and get away from bad influences in Ipswich.



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