Feud punch lands fine

A WARWICK man has fronted court after a long-running family dispute boiled over and he punched a woman in the head.

Justin Lee Duncan, 25, pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court this week to one charge of common assault.

The court heard the victim in the case became confrontational with Duncan while the two were at the same Warwick hotel on October 8.

Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa told the court Duncan and the woman had known each other for most of their lives and had a distant family connection.

That evening the victim approached Duncan and ignited a dispute over comments on Facebook.

Snr Const de Lissa said the woman raised her right arm, as if to hit Duncan, and he blocked it and punched her in the head, once.

Defence counsel Daniel Habermann told the court the incident was the latest in a string of harassment thrust on his client by the woman involved.

Mr Habermann said there was "bad blood" between the two families and the woman had tormented Duncan and even tried to have him fired.

Magistrate Graham Lee told Duncan he had other options for dealing with the woman and fined him $500. No conviction was recorded.


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