Woman hit, kicked, jumped on

A ROCKHAMPTON Magistrate will spend the next month deciding how to punish an 18-year-old who jumped on a woman's head and engaged police in a dangerous chase after stealing a car.

James Percival Bond, of Woorabinda, pleaded guilty to a string of charges in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

He was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm last November after punching an 18year-old Woorabinda woman in the face, then kicking and jumping on her head while she was on the ground.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Darrell Dalton said Bond had been at a party with friends in Woorabinda when an argument broke out over a cigarette as he was leaving.

Senior Constable Dalton said bystanders had stopped Bond hitting the girl. Bond later admitted he had been drunk. In a separate incident last month, Bond was charged with dangerous driving, unlawful use of a vehicle and obstructing police after he stole a car and refused to pull over when caught.

Senior Constable Dalton said Bond had entered into a chase with police, mounting traffic islands, driving on the wrong side of the road, running red lights and driving without headlights around Ipswich.

Bond stopped and fled when the car became undrivable due to damage.

Defence solicitor David Mills said Bond had a "disjointed upbringing'' and prison would be the closest he had ever come to a family as he had many relatives inside.

Mr Mills urged Magistrate Bronwyn Springer to reduce the time Bond may serve.

"It's a difficult matter,'' Mr Mills said.

Bond was remanded in custody and will appear in the Murri Court on October 18 for sentencing with the guidance of Magistrate Springer, who has asked for a pre-sentence report.



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