Community service for punching man in bar

A MAN who punched and threw a bar stool at a hotel employee before unleashing a tirade of abuse on police has been ordered to complete community service.

The assault victim said Martin James Kelly became violent when asked to leave a Stanthorpe hotel, from which he was banned, on January 9.

The Stanthorpe Magistrates Court yesterday heard Kelly threw punches at the employee, one of which connected with the man's face and then threw a bar stool at him.

Kelly denied being banned from the bar and said the animosity between him and his victim arose when Kelly was exposed to asbestos while completing some work for the business.

Police located Kelly shortly after the hotel melee and the 47-year-old was aggressive and called officers derogatory names.

He was arrested and at the police station had to be forcibly removed from the vehicle, while continuing to taunt and swear at police.

Kelly, who has no criminal history, opted to complete 30 hours community service, in lieu of a $650 fine.

No conviction was recorded against him.



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