GET A GRIP: Rodney Irvine admitted to assaulting another man at the Doomben racetrack.
GET A GRIP: Rodney Irvine admitted to assaulting another man at the Doomben racetrack. Ross Irby

RAAF man uses 'US marine technique' in race day brawl

BROTHERLY love flew to the rescue when a RAAF member's sibling ran into trouble at Doomben Racecourse.

When Rodney Irvine saw his brother allegedly getting roughed up by another RAAF member, he intervened.

Using a technique he had apparently learned from US Marines, Irvine applied pressure to the neck of the man involved in a scuffle with his brother, causing him to fall unconscious.

Then, showing some military gallantry, he apologised to the injured man's girlfriend.

Irvine said afterwards that his hands "may have slipped".

The details of the race-day confrontation emerged in Ipswich Magistrates Court after Irvine was charged over the incident.

Rodney James Edward Irvine, 38, from Brassall, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm at Doomben Racecourse in Ascot on June 23, 2018.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said the men involved in the initial argument knew each other.

He said an altercation between two men took place at 4pm before Irvine got involved.

Sgt Caldwell said Irvine had put his hands on the arm, then around the neck of Mr Hogan.

The pressure applied rendered him unconscious and he fell to the ground.

He was transported by ambulance to the Prince Charles Hospital at Chermside.

He told police afterwards that he'd suffered bruising.

Police noted bruises on the complainant's neck.

Sgt Caldwell said officers interviewed Irvine on October 30 at Yamanto.

"He says he put his hands on the pressure points, (and) on the collarbone," Sgt Caldwell said.

"He was taught this technique in combat with US Marines, in military training."

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Irvine accepted he went too far.

"It was simply a situation where he needed to restrain the complainant," Mr Fairclough said.

Mr Fairclough said Irvine served in defence for 12 years and had been medically discharged following a back operation. Magistrate Donna MacCallum accepted he had been trying to assist his brother in an alleged assault.

Irvine was fined $800 and ordered to pay $400 compensation.

A conviction was not recorded.



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