Man denies punching woman

A MAN withdrew his guilty plea to punching a woman in the face and breaking her nose after Magistrate John Smith revealed he may serve jail time for the offence.

Ricki John Savidge, 34, of Lovers Walk, pleaded guilty to common assault in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Savidge was allegedly travelling in a white Ford Territory along Targo Street on January 25, about 3.25am, when a couple stepped out on to a pedestrian crossing and started to walk across the street.

The police prosecutor said the vehicle stopped and Savidge started to yell at the victim, before he got out of his car and continued the argument on the street.

Sgt Stevens said that after a physical altercation with the woman and her boyfriend, Savidge punched the woman in the face and fractured her nose.

“My submission is a term of imprisonment of six months would be appropriate in these circumstances,” he said.

Savidge had faced other assault charges in 2006.

Defence barrister David Murray disputed some of the evidence given by the prosecutor and said his client was kicked in the head by the woman before he punched her.

The barrister said his client had stopped the car to check for damage after someone crossing the road kicked the vehicle’s door.

But when Mr Smith said a term of actual imprisonment was in the range of punishment for Savidge, Mr Murray withdrew his client’s guilty plea to common assault.

As the charge had been amended for his guilty plea, Savidge was then charged with the original offence of assault causing bodily harm and will face a committal hearing on February 16 next year.

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