16yo cops elbow to face

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was elbowed in the face by a 21-year-old man in a drunken attack at the Walla Street skate park, the Bundaberg Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Anthony Lloyd Choat, a bricklayer's labourer, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm committed on January 10, and a string of other offences committed in the past 10 months.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dean Burgess told the court the attack on the minor was particularly brutal.

“It was not just any attack, it was an elbow to the face,” he said.

“A 16-year-old kid should not have to worry about being assaulted by a 21-year-old man.”

Since committing that offence, Choat was also charged with several other crimes, including hooning offences, obstructing police and causing a public nuisance.

Snr Const Burgess said he had repeatedly shown contempt for authority.

“He is a bit of a pest,” Snr Const Burgess told the court.

“He's shown contempt for the court, the Department of Transport and the police.”

Choat was twice pulled over for driving while his licence had been suspended.

On September 19, police patrolling the Bundaberg CBD saw Choat do a burnout on a roundabout on Targo Street.

After stopping the car, Choat was greeted by high-fives and hugs from onlookers, Snr Const Burgess told the court.

But when police approached, he denied driving the car.

He also lied about leaving the keys locked in the car and forced police to call RACQ, who unlocked the car.

Five weeks ago, Magistrate John Smith remanded Choat in custody after he repeatedly adjourned the court case.

“He needs to be taught a lesson, the public needs to be taught a lesson that people like him won't be tolerated on the streets or in courts,” Snr Const Burgess said.

Defence lawyer Matt Messenger said Choat suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

He said the result of Choat mixing alcohol with his ADHD medication was often “havoc for all involved”.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Choat to a mixture of jail, fines, probation and driving bans for the offences.

His one month jail has been served in pre-court custody.

He will be on probation for 15 months and disqualified from driving for six months.

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