Wedding evening all too memorable

A WEDDING reception which ended with a guest being assaulted has led to a $400 fine for Warwick man John Clem O’Brien.

Warwick Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday that O’Brien, 58, had been at his son’s wedding on October 6 last year when he became involved in a disturbance with his former wife, who had advanced towards him with a plastic chair raised above her head.

Several guests tried to intervene, including a 60- year-old man who O’Brien swung at with his arm.

O’Brien’s defence counsel conceded in court that his client had over-reacted but said the complainant had approached O’Brien from the side, along with others, and the swinging of his arm was a defensive reaction.

O’Brien pleaded guilty to common assault and was fined $400, with no conviction recorded.



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