Headbutting of girlfriend led to anger from Rockhampton man

FUELLED by anger after a man headbutted his girlfriend, Benjamin David Stafford started bashing his fists on the glass window of a Rockhampton bank.

Stafford, 20, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to a public nuisance charge after he created a verbal and physical disturbance in William St on June 22.

The court heard Stafford was at the Giddy Goat corner bar before he headed to an ATM across the road about 1am.

Acting Senior Constable Manon Barwick said Stafford then became agitated and aggressive towards police officers.

"He raised clenched fists in the air... he then started to bang the windows of a Rockhampton bank," she said.

Stafford's defence lawyer Amy Vonhof said her client became aware that a man had headbutted his girlfriend.

When Stafford confronted the man to get him to apologise to his girlfriend, Ms Vonhof said the man "wasn't receptive of the idea".

It was then Stafford started being abusive.

Ms Vonhof told the court her client's anger wasn't fuelled by alcohol, but by his frustration at the man headbutting his girlfriend.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer placed him on a $300 good behaviour bond.



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