Boatie in court over punches
Tim Howard | 19th June 2009
HIJINKS on the high seas off Minnie Water in early February culminated in Grafton Local Court this week.
Ross Smith, 63, of Hiawatha Drive, Minnie Water, appeared in court on Monday on a charge of common assault.
Police facts said on February 7 Smith threatened to run over the victim of the assault.
After the victim's wife intervened, Smith assaulted the victim with a flurry of punches. There were no injuries from the assault.
The court heard that tension between the two men started a week earlier when the victim's boat collided with Smith's boat at Minnie Water.
NSW Waterways and police were called to the incident.
The court heard that on the day of the assault, Smith had been drinking and also took medication to treat depression.
Magistrate Kim Pogson agreed that the assault was at the low end of the scale. He convicted Smith, but ordered the conviction not be recorded. He also placed him on a 12-month good behaviour bond.