A St George man sentenced for a common assault charge.
A St George man sentenced for a common assault charge.

Local assaults man after he called him a “fat c--t”

A ST George man didn't appreciate being called a "fat f--k" and "fat c--t" so decided to punch the man in the face several times outside the Dirranbandi pub, a court heard.

Gordon Trent Washington appeared in the St George Magistrates Court on Tuesday pleading guilty to a common assault charge.

Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court at about 10.50pm on August 14, managers of the Dirranbandi pub began closing the venue for the night.

As patrons made their way outside, the defendant overheard someone say "fat f--k" and "fat c--t".

Washington approached the victim, a 25-year-old male and said "what did you say" before punching him in the face several times.

The following day, Washington participated in an interview with St George police admitting to punching the victim because he 'called him names and he didn't like it' but helped the man off the ground after the incident.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal Service solicitor Michael Corbin asked magistrate Tracy Mossop to not record the conviction to allow his client to keep his gun license.

"He has worked on a station as a farm hand for four years and needs his gun license to shoot roos on the property, if and when required," he said.

Mr Corbin said his client has limited criminal history and that alcohol was major contributor to his actions.

"The victim didn't suffer any injuries, but I've told my client, that at his age he cannot be reacting to name calling," he said.

Magistrate Mossop said the outcome could have been far greater.

"If you hit this person and they fall to the ground and die, would that be worth the words he said to you," she asked.

"So you need to think about the consequences, and that's the problem when you have alcohol, whenever you engage in physical violence, there is a chance the person could die.

"And you don't want to go to jail for 10-20 years - keep your hands to yourself."

The magistrate fined Washington $500 and the conviction was not recorded.