Self-defence punch led to life on hold for two years
YEPPOON'S Jonathon Grice has been wanting to propose to his girlfriend of seven years, Jacinta Lehmann, for some time.
But for the past two years the 23-year-old has put his life on hold as a potential jail term hung over him.
Late Wednesday afternoon he was found not guilty in the Rockhampton District Court of a charge of grievous bodily harm, following a seven-day trial.
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It's been a long journey for Jonathon since he was charged in relation to an incident at the Marsden Hotel in Yeppoon on December 22, 2012.
Today he's getting on with his life, starting with a proposal to Jacinta through The Morning Bulletin.
Jonathon's mother yesterday spoke of the heartache the family had endured.
Leah Grice said she cried tears of relief when she heard the not guilty verdict.
"If the jury hadn't been smart enough to see that my son was innocent, my world would have fallen apart," she said.
"He was acting in self-defence against three men that night and I'm just glad the jury saw that Jonathon never king hit anyone, he just defended himself.
"He's very sorry that he fractured the man's nose but he was protecting himself. He told the truth the whole time and like I've always told my kids, if you tell the truth you will be okay."
She said the problem started after comments were made to one of the girls Jonathon was with on the night.
Leah, 46, said she and family members were looking forward to getting their lives back to normal and watching Jonathon get his life back on track.
"I would hope that nobody ever has to go through what we've been through in the last two years," she said.
"Since this has happened our whole life has just been in limbo every single day. My family sat in the court room every day of the trial to support Jonathon and we just cried tears of relief when we heard the verdict,
"But I'm just glad he can now do all of the things he's had to put on hold because of this trial, like propose to Jacinta.
He thought she could have been visiting him in jail but now they can enjoy their life and our family can get back to enjoying ours."
Jonathon proposed on today's front page.