Man breaks woman's nose in brawl

A MAN who hit a woman and broke her nose during a street brawl faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

Ricki John Savidge, 34, of Avoca was charged with common assault after he hit Brooke Duncan as she walked along Targo Street in the early hours of January 25 last year.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Barry Stevens, said police were called to the pedestrian crossing near the Grand Hotel about 3.25am.

The victim and her boyfriend were crossing the street as Savidge passed them in a Ford Territory.

The vehicle stopped and Savidge got out of it, confronting the victim on the centre traffic island.

“He struck the victim and caused her to fall over,” Sgt Stevens said.

The court was told Ms Duncan’s boyfriend then hit Savidge, and after the defendant got on top of the boyfriend Ms Duncan tried to kick Savidge in the head.

“The defendant stood up and hit the victim with a closed fist,” Sgt Stevens said.

Ms Duncan suffered a nose fracture and tenderness to her right wrist and nose following the attack.

“This is a particularly unwarranted assault on a female,” Sgt Stevens said. The fisherman had faced court on an assault charge in 2006.

While defence counsel David Murray conceded his client hit the woman, he disputed the events surrounding the attack. The lawyer said something hit the side of the vehicle as it passed the couple and Savidge got out to check if anything was damaged.

He argued the victim’s boyfriend threw the first punch at Savidge.

“(Savidge) says he got knocked to the ground,” Mr Murray said.

“When he was down he felt dull, but very forceful blows to the back of the head — (Ms Duncan) was wearing boots with a large heel.”

Magistrate Lavaring convicted and sentenced Savidge to six months in prison, suspended for two years.

He also ordered the fisherman pay $2000 compensation to the victim.

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