Pensioner basher waits in jail

BY TAMARA KEMP

A MAN was in jail last night awaiting sentencing after a jury found him guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to a pensioner.

Judge Grant Britton remanded Stephen Milton Baker, 46, of Haynes Street, North Rockhampton, in custody at the end of a three-day trial in Rockhampton District Court.

The jury took less than two hours to come back with a guilty verdict about 5pm after hearing evidence that Baker had bashed 66-year-old Colin David Robertson so severely he thought he had killed him.

Yesterday the court heard Baker had told his neighbours after the incident that he had planned to roll Mr Robertson up in a blanket and dump him in the river, if he was dead.

The attack happened after a beer-drinking session turned violent in January 2001 at a Park Avenue home.

The court heard Mr Robertson received fractures to the jaw and the bone below his right eye and suffered severe bruising to the face and his right hip.

Mr Robertson told the court the incident was sparked by Baker's ex-wife bringing up an incident of him plaiting her hair, four years before the drinking session.

It is alleged Baker told the pensioner he was a liar and hit the man four times with his fist and once with a beer can he held.

The court also heard that Mr Robertson had a history of injuries from other assaults dating back to 1990.

Baker will appear for sentencing on July 28.



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