Dad misses child's birth

IN A great start to his 2010 New Year, an emotional and tearful Goonellabah man charged with assaulting teenagers in Nimbin pleaded last week for his freedom in the Lismore Bail Court.

Jed Vincent, 25, stated he wanted bail because his ‘missus was about to drop’ their second baby.

Vincent was charged with affray; three counts of assault; trespass; and destroying/damaging property in Nimbin at 2am on January 1.

Police accuse him of assaulting the teens in Cecil Street during a violent confrontation with the group in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

When they ran to a nearby house to call the police Vincent is also alleged to have kicked a door and smashed a window.

“Can I say something?” Vincent asked the Court Registrar. “Can I please get bail, my missus is about to drop any time.”

Vincent said that his wife had three weeks to go before she was due to give birth to their second child and he wanted to be there because he had ‘missed out on my first one’.

“I don’t understand this. I went to Nimbin with my mates. They all went to bed and I was sitting out the back. I don’t understand these assaults. I’m pleading not guilty,” he said.

“All my mates went to bed. They were spewing up their guts everywhere and I’m sitting out the back.

“I didn’t go to Byron. That’s why I didn’t go anywhere as I didn’t want to get into trouble,” Vincent said tearfully.

“I missed out on my first little baby.”

As the Registrar looked at the previous convictions on his record and noted his most recent sentencing had been on December 8 in Lismore Local Court, Vincent explained he received 17 months parole.

The Registrar said it was of concern that Vincent faced fresh charges after being sentenced so recently, although it had been back-dated.

Vincent was refused bail, with his matter adjourned to Lismore Local Court today.

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