Son claims fracas was self-defence

JOSHUA Terrence Brigg yesterday claimed it was self-defence when he allegedly assaulted his father and stepmother this year.

Whether acting Magistrate Mark Morrow agreed will not be known for two months.

Brigg, 27, was accused of assaulting his family on January 11 this year at a 21st birthday party at Port Curtis Road, Rockhampton.

Yesterday a hearing began in Rockhampton Magistrates Court after Briggs pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.

The court first heard from a number of police officers who observed injuries to the two alleged victims.

The woman was said to have had a bruise to her chest and was treated at Rockhampton Hospital after the alleged attack.

The man had a large bruise to his eye.

At first Brigg's father did not want to talk to the police. However, the next day he and his wife attended the police station to make a formal complaint of assault.

Joshua Brigg had a different story.

In a recording played in court yesterday Brigg said he had hit back in self-defence.

“(The stepmother) was drunk and mouthing off, so I told her to get (expletive),” he said.

“She came racing towards me and hit me. I had a scratch on my chin. So I sort of just swiped her away.

“That's when my father came in, ripped his shirt off and came at me.”

The court was to hear from 10 witnesses, but ran out of time. The matter was adjourned to December 11.



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