Father faces court after fight outside Dalby Big W
A DALBY man and a Magistrate got into a heated exchange in a Dalby courtroom on Tuesday morning after he tried to justify punching a man outside of Big W.
Brett Roland Burke shook his head and kept looking at his partner for support as police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana told the court of the events that took place on May 1.
“The defendant and a juvenile were seen on CCTV provided by Dalby Shopping World, waiting for the victim outside of Big W,” Const Tahana said.
“As the victim left the store the defendant approached him and began engaging in a verbal argument before Burke raised his fist and punched the victim.
“There were multiple families in the area at the time of the incident who seemed distraught by the event on the footage.
“Dalby Shopping World security were able to break up the fight and the defendant took off not long after.”
Const Tahana explained that police were able to track Burke down to a well known address near by.
Before stating his punishment, Magistrate Tracy Mossop asked Burke if he had anything to say.
“I know I messed up but the guy owed me money,” the 30-year-old said.
“He stole my car and I have been trying to go to police but they have done nothing about it.”
Ms Mossop was less than sympathetic towards Burke as the exchange became more heated.
“When do the excuses stop?’ she asked.
“You have a previous history of violence, where you have actually served two terms of imprisonment, smarten yourself up.”
Burke was fined $600.
A conviction was recorded.