Mad dirt rider hits out at camera
A DIRT bike rider bashed one of his neighbours after taking offence at being filmed.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the rider continued to punch the man in the face after the victim's glasses fell off and he'd been pushed to the ground.
Dinmore man Lachlan Lewis-Herbert has a history of assault offences, but the court was told he was trying to overcome his anger.
Lachlan William Lewis-Herbert, 22, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm on January 16; and an unrelated offence of contravening a domestic violence protection order on March 20.
The assault victim attended the courtroom to observe.
The case against Lewis-Herbert was handled by Director of Public Prosecutions legal officer Ms Brown, and police prosecutor Michael Lee.
Ms Brown said Lewis-Herbert has relevant history - and fined $600 in August 2015 for an assault/obstruct offence against a police officer after the offender dropped his motorbike and struggled with the officer.
She said Lewis-Herbert was back in court in September last year and fined $2500 after being convicted of assault and wilful damage offences.
In the offence now before the court, Ms Brown said Lewis-Herbert was filmed riding a motorcycle in bushland.
He yelled out to the person filming that he would "come down and flog him".
Ms Brown said Lewis-Herbert punched the man in his left eye, causing his glasses to fall off.
Lewis-Herbert pushed him to the ground, sat on his chest and punched him in the face.
The injured man's girlfriend pulled Lewis-Herbert away.
The court was told the man suffered a bleeding nose and cut lip.
Ms Brown said Lewis-Herbert was a recidivist offender and would benefit by addressing his anger and aggression issues.
In the police matter Mr Lee said the DV offence was committed against his grandmother when Lewis-Herbert verbally abused her and smashed two holes in a door.
"He clearly has anger management issues and would benefit from being supervised," Mr Lee said.
Defence lawyer Amy Zanders said Lewis-Herbert instructed he felt threatened when he realised he was being filmed when riding with a young relative.
Ms Zanders sought a conviction not be recorded because the young labourer wanted to travel the world, and to work in the mining industry.
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said she would record a conviction as he had been given enough chances in the past.
He was sentenced to nine months' jail, with immediate release to parole, and an 18-month probation order for the DV offence.