Fight at Byfield leads to court

STEWART Thomas Edwards is fast developing a reputation as a dirty fighter.

During an April Fool's Day tussle he resorted to grabbing the testicles of the man he was fighting.

Only two months earlier he'd pleaded guilty to biting a security guard.

On the fresher charge of common assault, Edwards pleaded guilty this week.

The 21-year-old was camping with his brother and a few friends at Byfield on April 1, 2007.

They had congregated in an area before midnight and were looking to build a campfire not far down the road from another group.

The other group had been drinking heavily during the day, celebrating a birthday.

It was about midnight when a man from the second group drove to Edwards's camp and tried to start a conversation with the others.

The man drove away, spraying rocks onto Edwards's car.

Edwards and some of his friends approached the other group and a tussle started.

Crown prosecutor Noel Needham told Rockhampton District Court Edwards threw a few punches and started wrestling on the ground with another man, both “throwing wild punches”.

“As the complainant was lying on the ground, Mr Edwards grabbed hold of him by the testicles, causing him to cry out in pain,” Mr Needham said.

Defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco said his client was very intoxicated when he was in the tussle.

Judge Grant Britton sentenced him to 100 hours of community service.

It's not the first time Edwards has been in trouble for an assault.

Less than two months before his camping scuffle he was before the courts for biting a Rockhampton security officer.

Mr Needham said Edwards's friend was being removed from a pub and Edwards tried to stop the guard.

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