Magistrate backtracks from jail sentence after listening to solicitor

CONTRITION: A magistrate decided to give a man who headbutted a former friend a second chance. FILE PHOTO
CONTRITION: A magistrate decided to give a man who headbutted a former friend a second chance. FILE PHOTO

A man who headbutted a former housemate was told his solicitor saved him from going to jail when he appeared in Orange Local Court on Monday.

Joshua Daniel Quinn, 27, of March Street, was given two 12-month good behaviour bonds, one for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one for damaging property.

Quinn was represented by solicitor Peter Ringbauer who said his client pleaded guilty to both charges but there were some discrepancies with the police facts.

As a result of the events he said his client was living in temporary accommodation and is no longer friends with the people involved that night.

“He’s now trying to get his life back on track,” Mr Ringbauer said.

“My client does feel guilt for the actions he did that night [July 2].

“He was at home and there was some text messages between him and a group of people who came back to his house [after a night out].”

Mr Ringbauer said his client felt harassed so began to yell and he kicked the wall, damaging the wall.

“He went to his room and closed the door and someone else banged on the door and he kicked the door and did damage,” he said.

Mr Ringbauer said his client was on the lease for the premises but was told by another person to leave.

“He put his hands on my client, my client was pushed into the wall,” he said.

“The only way he could think of to get him off him was to headbutt him.”

Despite the other man receiving a bloody nose, magistrate Terry Lucas gave Quinn a chance to turn his life around by giving him the bonds after listening to Mr Ringbauer’s defence.

“I can assure you that anyone who headbutts is looking at a jail term,” Mr Lucas said.