Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Spitter's 'Childish' Actions

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Spitter's 'Childish' Actions

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Carolyn Archer

carolyn.archer@news-mail.com.au

A 35-YEAR-OLD man who appeared in court for spitting in the face of a coffee shop employee at Hinkler Central says he did it because he was told he couldn't eat a yoghurt in the store that he had purchased elsewhere.

Luke John Williams admitted a charge of common assault and was sentenced to 150 hours of community service, without a conviction being recorded.

Defending himself, Williams also did not oppose an application for a disease test order in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

In a statement given to the NewsMail, Williams accepted he acted childishly but said he felt humiliated when first approached by the store manager, who he said acted aggressively towards him.

But The Coffee Club Hinkler store owner, Philip Alderson, described Williams's claims as "totally untrue".

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court that about 12.15pm on November 13 last year, Williams was seated at a table in The Coffee Club, eating yoghurt and blueberries he had purchased elsewhere.

He said the defendant was asked by the victim not to eat the food in the store before Williams tipped the yoghurt and blueberries on to the table.

Sgt Stevens said the defendant left the store and paced up and down outside before returning.

He said the defendant returned to the counter and told the victim that she should be cleaning up the mess, not another staff member.

He said when the victim told the defendant he should clean it up himself, the defendant spat in her face, with the spit hitting her across the nose and in both eyes.

Sgt Stevens said the incident was caught on CCTV footage.

Williams told the court he was a regular customer and often ate yoghurt in the store when he ordered coffee.

Williams said he acted childishly and described spitting as demeaning and degrading, but said he felt humiliated in front of the other staff and customers when approached by the victim. …

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