Man deflated by court penalties

POLICE at the Lismore Local Court asked that Shane Gregory Smith be ordered to pay for three new car tyres after he punched the vehicle's owner in the mouth before letting his tyres down.

Smith, 32, of Goonellabah, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm to Wayne Vogt at 10.30pm on June 2; assaulting Mr Vogt at 9.10pm the same night; and destroy/damage property (car tyres).

Police facts stated the men had been sharing a house with its owner when Mr Vogt swore at Smith before walking outside to sit in his car.

Smith went outside and punched the older man to the left side of his mouth and police were called.

After police officers left following the first incident, they returned following a second phone call and saw Mr Vogt had a fresh injury to his left cheek, which was bruised and swollen.

The two front tyres and one rear tyre on his car were flat and Smith was arrested. He at first denied punching Mr Vogt the second time or letting down his car tyres.

Police prosecutor Sgt Peter Costin-Nielsen sought compensation for three new tyres and money to cover the cost when Mr Vogt had the car removed to a garage to have its tyres assessed.

Defence lawyer Amy Barker argued this would be unfair to her client.

Magistrate Robyn Denes told Smith that while words ‘may be hurtful' it did not justify an assault.

Noting his prior offences for violence, Ms Denes placed Smith on a 15-month good behaviour bond under the supervision of Probation Services, and two 12-month good behaviour bonds. Smith was ordered to pay Mr Vogt compensation of $140.



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