Points decision for drunk fighter

By Riverine Herald

A MAN who assaulted a bar tender at Echuca’s Gypsy Bar has been ordered to do 100 hours of community work.

The altercation occurred on November 3 after the man, who had been having a heated argument with another patron, was asked to leave the bar.

Jarrod Phillips, 30, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court on Wednesday .

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Bush said the accused had been drinking at the bar with friends before midnight.

‘‘The victim is a bar tender at the bar and there is no security,’’ he said.

‘‘The victim approached the accused as he was having a heated verbal exchange with another patron.

‘‘The accused raised both hands and pushed him to the ground.

‘‘As he was getting up the accused then punched him to the ground causing his head to hit a gas heater.’’

Snr Constable Bush said the incident was captured on CCTV.

‘‘The accused left the premises and police were called and spoke to the victim,’’ he said.

Phillips was located and spoke to police when he admitted being intoxicated and being in an altercation.

‘‘He admitted drinking close to 20 schooners of heavy beer from 4pm,’’ Snr Constable Bush said.

The court heard the accused had six pages of past criminal history.

Defence lawyer Kate Freshwater said her client had a history of alcohol fuelled behaviour.

‘‘He had a very difficult upbringing with a period of offending occurring from age 15 to 21 which is underpinned by violent and alcohol behaviour,’’ she said.

‘‘He had far too much alcohol on this occasion but has taken steps to address these issues.’’

Magistrate Megan Aumair convicted him and sentenced him to a 12 month community corrections order.