Olympic hopeful lashes out in servo assault
AN ASPIRING Olympian who assaulted a “distraught” service station manager over parking spaces told a court he “didn’t think straight” before risking his boxing career.
Dylan Jacob McLeod, 25, told Nambour Magistrates Court he was helping fix his dad’s car at the Kunda Park service station when the manager arrived and demanded they move their cars parked across “several” bays on February 13.
Police prosecutor Mark Burrell said the victim yelled for the men to move before McLeod became aggressive and started “shadow boxing” the manager.
The Burnside man pushed the victim into his car and dented the side, costing $150 in repair works.
Despite blaming the “distraught” victim for the encounter, CCTV footage showed McLeod as the main instigator. He pleaded guilty in court on Monday to common assault.
McLeod said he acted in fear of his safety.
“He had the horn down telling us to move … I didn’t take kindly to the threats he was making,” he said.
“I couldn’t think straight … the guy was more than 100kg. I thought he was going to attack me.”
McLeod told the court he refrained from punching the man to keep his prospects of making the 2020 Olympics alive and pleaded to the court that no conviction be recorded.
“I have a 50-50 shot at making it … I’ve been training six days a week,” he said.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist agreed that a conviction was unnecessary and fined him $600 with no conviction recorded.