CCTV catches young man punching workplace 'bully'

A 22-YEAR-OLD man who claimed he had been the victim of workplace bullying had eventually lashed out and punched a colleague, Toowoomba Magistrates Court has heard.

Beau Dylan Henley and the complainant man had both worked at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, police prosecutor Senior Constable Julia Wheaton told the court.

Just after 11pm, September 7, the complainant had been walking across the car park when Henley approached from behind calling him a "coward" and a "dog", she said.

After the complainant turned and told the 22-year-old that the car park was under CCTV camera surveillance, Henly had punched him to the side of the head causing him to fall to the ground.

The complainant had gone back inside and called police who noticed a large lump on his head and called an ambulance which took him to hospital for treatment, the court heard.

When spoken to by police, Henley admitted punching the man, telling officers the complainant had been mocking him earlier that night.

Henley, who had no previous criminal history at all, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.

His solicitor John Davis told the court both men had been sacked as a result of the incident.

His client instructed he had been the victim of long-term bullying at work and that he had eventually snapped.

"It had been going on and on and he felt he had to do something," Mr Davis submitted.

"He went about it entirely the wrong way."

Mr Davis said his client had a good work record and was completing a certificate in youth work and asked that no conviction be recorded so as not to interfere with that.

Magistrate Graham Lee acknowledged the 22-year-old had co-operated with police, entered an early plea of guilty to the charge and had no previous criminal history.

Noting Henley was completing a Diploma in Christian leadership, Mr Lee ordered the conviction not be recorded and fined him $1000.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm magistrates court toowoomba wellcamp airport

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