Cyclist gets bond on Bay incident

WHEN a Byron Bay man told a cyclist to stop riding on the footpath he got punched in the face.

Suffolk Park cyclist Elijah Colbey, 22, bumped well-known local resident Albert Atkins while riding along the footpath in Browning Street on December 28, 2009.

In police facts before the court, Colbey was riding a bicycle along the footpath with a young female on the handlebars and nudged the middle-aged Mr Atkins.

During an argument about riding on the footpath, Colbey verbally abused Mr Atkins and then punched him in the face causing him to slip on the wet ground, injuring his knees and an elbow.

Colbey, a landscaper, changed his not guilty plea to guilty during an October court hearing on the charge of assault causing bodily harm.

Defence barrister Graham Bassett said the matter should be dealt with by way of a section 10 bond without a conviction recorded against Colbey.

Magistrate Nicholas Reimer disagreed.

Mr Bassett said there had been some provocation to his client who also realised (during the earlier hearing) that he had not handled the situation well on the day.

Mr Bassett acknowledged the victim had been traumatised by the event.

He said Colbey would pay off the $1107 claimed by Mr Atkins for a pair of glasses that were broken in the dispute.

Colbey had also written him a letter of apology.

Mr Reimer convicted Colbey and placed him on a two-year good behaviour bond.

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