The Charges: Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm
Court Attended: Southport Magistrates Court
Attendance Date: 09/01/18
Overview of Case: Our client was charged with assaulting a security guard at a nightclub causing him bodily harm. Our client had no criminal history however the offence carries a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment. After successful negotiations with police prosecutions and review of the CCTV footage, we were able to have the facts of the charge amended to remove the more serious elements, including that the victim was unconscious after the assault. Our client was concerned that a conviction recorded would affect his employment. Our client had obtained detailed character references from his colleagues who stated that he acted out of character and was a contributing member of society with a successful career.
Outcome: Our client was convicted and fined $500 and was ordered to pay compensation to the victim in the amount of $500 and after detailed submissions, no conviction was recorded.