Man 'protecting himself'

A MAN accused of breaking a woman's arm claimed he was trying to protect himself from her physical attack.

Greig Andrew Zunker, 42, of Bundaberg, has pleaded not guilty in Bundaberg District Court to causing grievous bodily harm.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Klemm said Zunker had punched Angela Rohdmann once in the upper chest and then went to throw another punch in the early hours of New Year's Day last year.

The crown prosecutor said because of the fight, Mrs Rohdmann broke one of the bones in her arm and dislocated her wrist.

Zunker took the stand during the two-day trial and denied pushing or punching Angela Maree Rohdmann.

Instead, he said the woman was waving her arms around at him.

“I raised my two forearms in front of my face,” Zunker said.

The jury deliberated for less than an hour before finding Zunker not guilty.

But the defendant had pleaded guilty to wilful damage after throwing a dolphin statue through Mrs Rohdmann's window.

He was given a 12-month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $564 compensation.

A conviction was not recorded.

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