Attacker could avoid conviction

A MAN who punched another man who was “fixated on his sister” outside a Mildura nightspot could avoid conviction.

The Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday heard Terrence Meredith had been drinking with friends and family at The Office Wine Bar and Lounge on Langtree Avenue on November 22 last year before he shoved a man into a glass shopfront and punched him in the head.

Meredith, 50, pleaded guilty to recklessly causing injury, telling the court he only acted after he and his group had repeatedly asked the victim to leave them alone.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Matt Pardon said Meredith and his group were on the Langtree Avenue footpath outside The Office after 1am when Meredith saw the victim face-to-face with a friend.

He grabbed the victim by the shirt and forcefully shoved him into the glass window, before punching him twice in the head, cutting his left eyebrow.

Nearby security guards and Mere­dith’s family members intervened, separating the pair before police ­arrived.

Meredith, who had no criminal history, said the victim was on his own when he approached the group outside the bar.

After repeated requests to leave, the victim walked away towards The Sandbar, then returned.

“He was fixated on my sister at the time,” Meredith said.

Meredith said he had called his children requesting a lift home and was waiting outside The Office when the altercation happened.

He said he had no strength left in his arms and upper body after undergoing several operations in the lead-up to the incident and was “not in any position at all” to get involved in violence.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan adjourned the matter until October 11, indicating Meredith could be placed on a diversion program and avoid conviction.

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