Man punched over Facebook posting

A FATHER punched a man in the face because he had threatened his stepson using Facebook.

The victim was sitting in the passenger seat of a car at Goodna when Craig Andrew Ogilivie, 39, asked him: “Why are you making threats against my family?”

Ipswich Magistrate’s Court heard the victim denied making any threats but Ogilivie punched him in the face.

Prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said the victim claimed his friend had made the threats and he had told him not to do it.

Ogilivie said he did not believe the man and tried to open the car door and then attempted to kick the victim. The victim and his girlfriend then drove away from the property.

Defence lawyer Michael Kelly said the man had posted on Ogilivie’s stepson’s Facebook page: “I am going to kill your mum and sisters”. Mr Kelly said it was causing the family a lot of angst.

Mr Kelly said despite the man’s denials, the person he nominated as responsible for the threats did not know his client’s stepson.

He said the victim and Ogilivie’s stepson were former friends.

“There were issues going on between these parties,” Mr Kelly said. “The defendant had had enough of it.”

When spoken to by police, Ogilivie admitted hitting the man because he threatened his family.

Ogilivie, who pleaded guilty to common assault, was given a six months $500 good behaviour bond.



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