David's beef in slap-up over no-show prawns
IT was not a dose of raw prawns but rather a case of no prawns at all for David Rouse, who slapped a 62-year-old woman when she failed to deliver his fresh prawns on Remembrance Day.
Rouse, 67, went before Bundaberg Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to the charge of assaulting the woman on November 11.
Police prosecutor Steven Bardini said the incident happened at 4pm in a sports ground on Avoca St.
Sgt Bardini said there were numerous people there and Rouse struck the woman in the face and neck, causing her pain.
Rouse said the woman had previously taken $15 from him to buy prawns, which did not arrive.
When Rouse demanded the prawns she told him he could have his $15 back but there was no prawns to give him.
Sgt Bardini said Rouse was taken to the Bundaberg police watch-house and admitted to slapping her in the face.
Defence lawyer Gavin James said Rouse was a retired professional with six adult children and he had a long work history that included his role at Bundaberg's Indigenous Wellbeing Centre.
"There was a dispute over money owed for goods. He accepts his conduct was unacceptable," Mr James said.
"It was an aberration."
He said Rouse suffers medical issues and is taking medications for his heart and kidneys.
Magistrate Neil Lavaring released Rouse with no conviction, placing him on a $300 own recognisance 12-month good behaviour bond.