Road rage culprit fined
A MAN was left with a cut above his eye and bruising to his face after a Torquay man punched him three times during a road rage incident, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court has heard.
Alec James McVean was fined just $500 and ordered to pay $650 in compensation to the victim for the incident mid-afternoon on August 1.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling said McVean was driving in Bundaberg Central when another man overtook him in what McVean considered to be an aggressive manner.
Snr Const Sperling said McVean, 40, gave the man the finger before confronting the man.
"The defendant exited the vehicle and through the open window punched the victim three times in the face," she said.
The court heard the man was eventually able to wind the window up on the car but not before he received a cut above his eye and bruising around this face.
McVean, who represented himself in court, said he feared for his partner.
"When the vehicle came back he was acting in an aggressive manner and my partner was in the car," McVean said.
"I feared for her safety."
Magistrate Graham Hillan fined the man $500 and ordered he pay the victim $650 in compensation.
"The actions you have displayed cannot be condoned," he said.
The fines were referred to SPER.