Jury acquits man of Rockhampton nightclub assault
THE winner of a fight isn't always the bad guy.
Using this quote, barrister Chris Wilson summed up the defence's case at the trial of Williams Hans Jensen in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday.
The 39-year-old pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, after a run-in with his girlfriend's ex-partner turned physical at the Ginger Mule Nightclub in 2012.
Referring to CCTV footage and witness testimony, Mr Wilson said it was clear Jensen had acted in self defence.
"He is a businessman and a family man," he said.
"He acted immediately and proportionately to what he believed was a single punch coming his way."
During his evidence, Jensen was grilled by the prosecution about his dislike for the victim, Michael Shane Bettridge, and the history between them.
The court heard Jensen had been told Bettridge was 'out to get him'.
"You thought enough was enough and one good punch would sort him out," Crown prosecutor Clayton Wallis put to Jensen.
"No, that's not correct," he replied.
Mr Wallis also questioned Jensen about the force of the blow.
"There was really no thought put into it," the defendant responded.
Mr Wilson conceded that Jensen's actions weren't commendable, but said the law allowed you to defend yourself.
"He had no other reason to hit him," he argued. "He's not an angry person or jealous ... he got the girl."
After a day and a half of evidence, the jury yesterday retired to consider their verdict.
Just a few hours later, Jensen was acquitted.