Dad blames alcohol for outburst

A NIMBIN dad who made angry threats to sodomise and kill a police officer and rape the daughter of another after a violent attack on a man in a Mullumbimby street, has received a two-year jail sentence – immediately suspended.

Mark Towney, 42, of Tuntable Creek Road, was convicted in Lismore Local Court of two counts of intimidating two police officers at Mullumbimby and Byron Bay on November 29 last year; affray; and assaulting an unknown man whose head was shoved into the windscreen of a parked Subaru Forrester outside the Court House Hotel.

Hotel licensee Laurie Driscoll phoned police after Towney chased a man into the beer garden yelling and swearing at 6.20pm that day.

Back out on Burringbar Street, Towney was seen to grab the man around his neck then ‘rammed his head into a parked car a number of times' causing the man head injuries and to bleed.

The Subaru received minor damage with a cracked front windscreen and panel damage to the bonnet and a door, with blood left on the wagon.

The victim left the scene and could not be found by police, who arrived to find Towney sitting in the street with other people drinking alcohol. He was arrested and taken to Byron Bay police station.

After hearing evidence of his problem with alcohol, Magistrate Robyn Denes ordered the sentence be suspended with Towney placed on a supervised two-year good behaviour bond.



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