Man claims he hit woman to end blue in bowls club
AN ANDERGROVE man who struck a woman across the face with an open palm at a bowls club has avoided having a conviction recorded against him.
Wayne Barry Foxley-Conolly, 54, claimed he had been trying to end a scuffle the woman had been involved in, hitting her harder than intended.
Magistrate Damien Dwyer said the public was "sick and tired of this violence in the streets" - but did note Foxley-Conolly had a largely unblemished record, despite his age.
Foxley-Connolly pleaded guilty to common assault on December 9 at Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club.
Prosecutor Brandon Selic said police officers responded to reports about five or six people were fighting at the main entrance to the club.
When they arrived all was quiet, but soon after Foxley-Conolly "made admissions to striking a female person with an open palm to the face".
In defence, solicitor Cassandra Adorni-Braccesi told the court her remorseful client, who works in engineering, had been trying to break up a fight.
Mr Dwyer considered Foxley-Conolly's plea as early, describing him as normally of good character.
He was fined $1000 and has to pay $750 compensation, but no conviction was recorded.