Defence argued that Grice acted in self-defence at Marsden

SITTING in the dock, Jonathon Peter Grice tries to hold back tears.

With his family in the gallery of the Rockhampton District Court, it was another emotional day as the trial continued for the Yeppoon man.

Defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco summarised Grice's case to the jury yesterday.

Grice is on trial for punching Clay Boyd in the face at the Marsden Hotel on December 22, 2012.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge of grievous bodily harm.

On the sixth day of the trial, Mr Lo Monaco told the jury: "At the end of the day, it was one strike. It's about how that strike was delivered."

He went on to explain that the jury needed to consider whether or not a broken nose, which is what Boyd suffered from the punch, is grievous bodily harm.

The defence argued that Grice acted in self-defence after he and Boyd got into an altercation outside the pub.

Mr Lo Monaco said self defence didn't mean you had to be hit first, but that it can be pre-emptive.

He also told the jury the court had the benefit of hindsight, with video footage shown throughout the trial. "The video footage helps but I'm not sure it's conclusive of anything," Mr Lo Monaco said. "All it shows is that Boyd was hurt at the hands of Mr Grice."

The trial continues today.



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