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Bully in workplace got his victim to ‘snap’ and grab crowbar

IT WAS the straw that broke the camel's back.

Or in this case the chair that finally broke Simon John Robertson's temper.

After months of bullying, the 25-year-old Rockhampton man snapped when his team leader stole his chair during a smoko break.

Some choice words were exchanged, before Robertson retrieved a crow bar from his tool box.

Using this, he pushed the victim off the coveted seat.

Robertson pleaded guilty yesterday in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.

The incident happened at a Denison St workshop around 9.50am on June 24.

The court heard the crow bar left a red welt on the victim's arm.

Duty lawyer Jun Pepito said there was a history between Robertson and the victim.

He said the victim had bullied his client a number of times.

"He (Robertson) accepts he shouldn't have done what he did but at the time he was very emotional," Mr Pepito said.

Robertson is still working at the business and has no criminal history.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said the assault could have had serious consequences.

"Violence never solves anything," he said. "You need to be big enough to ignore it."

Robertson was fined $1000 and no conviction recorded.

BEAT WORKPLACE BULLYING

Check for a workplace bullying policy and complaint procedure.

Seek advice from your human resources officer or union official.

Make a detailed record of what happened - place, date, time, persons (both those involved and those present) and what was said or done.

If you feel safe and comfortable to do so, approach the bully and tell them the behaviour is unacceptable and you will not tolerate it.

Use a counselling service.

Topics:  bullying, rockhampton magistrate court, violence, workplace bullying



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