Probation for part in park brawl

TWO men who were involved in a shocking brawl and stabbing incident in a Warwick public park late last year have been sentenced in the District Court in Warwick for their part in the proceedings.

Reginald Ambrose Hooper (pictured) and Larry James Hippi were charged with affray as a result of the incident which took place near the Peace Garden in Victoria Park, opposite the Warwick Hospital, on the evening of November 27.

Hooper and Hippi stood next to each other in the dock of the Warwick Courthouse on Monday afternoon as their charges were read out to them.

They plead guilty and were later sentenced by Judge Brabazon to six months probation.

The court was told Hooper and Hippi were “on one side” of the fight involving a large group of young males which erupted in the park after a flurry of text messages were sent around town.

One of the combatants, a 25-year-old man, was later stabbed twice in the back and had to be flown by rescue helicopter for treatment at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

Three other men who have also been charged with affray in relation to the incident are due to appear in the District Court when it returns to Warwick later this year.



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