Young dad hits teen at street party after bottle incident
A young dad has hit back at the man he thought threw a water bottle at his 13-month-old, hitting the child in the face at a street party.
But it was a drunken night for Laidley man Kenneth Shenton, who was enjoying the Laidley Christmas street carnival when a teenager allegedly threw the water bottle.
The 22-year-old later punched a young man in the head, which was why he found himself at Gatton Magistrate's Court.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Al Windsor revealed the details of the encounter.
"The defendant walked past the victim and his friends, the victim has looked at or towards the defendant, and the defendant has subsequently approached him and struck him a single time with a clenched fist to the left side of his head," he said.
"The defendant then walked off into Patrick St, the victim has suffered pain and discomfort as a result of this and reported the matter to police."
With CCTV to confirm this sequence of events, police approached Shenton the next week, where he admitted to being intoxicated at the time.
"He also said his child had been hit by a water bottle thrown earlier in the night by someone who appeared to be standing near the victim." Sgt Windsor said.
Through his defence, Shenton was adamant that the teenage victim was the same person who threw the bottle and had made a joke of it with his friends.
"When the facts are read out, it almost sounds like one of those situations we've seen in the past where young people are out at night, get drunk, someone walks down the street and punches someone else in the head," Magistrate Kay Ryan said.
"Your criminal history doesn't help that impression because there are some incidences of violence in there as well."
Magistrate Ryan expressed her understanding of the circumstances, and noted Shenton's criminal offences had stopped since he had become a father.
"It's worrying: Violence isn't the answer," she said.
"Time will tell if you've changed your ways."
Shenton was also charged with stealing petrol from an Aspley 7/11, where his actions where once again captured on CCTV.
His defence told the court he had finished late that day and his pay hadn't come through, forcing him to steal the petrol in order to get home.
Shenton pleaded guilty to both the assault and theft charges.
He was convicted, fined $700, and ordered to pay $49.47 restitution for the stolen petrol.