Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Mad Dad in Punch Out

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Mad Dad in Punch Out

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Byline: Ross Irby ross.irby@gladstoneobserver.com.au

HORRIFIED parents and students cringed as a dad went bananas in the school car park at St Stephen's Lutheran College; angrily beating another dad he saw chatting to his estranged wife.

"You f...ing ...t that's my wife," David Hobden yelled before landing a series of punches to the man's head as frightened parents quickly intervened or called emergency 000.

Police prosecutor Nina Sulzer told Gladstone Magistrates Court officers were called to the school around 8.30am with complaints of men fighting in the car park.

Witnesses told police Hobden went up to another man and began punching him in the head while other adults tried to stop it.

Hobden's verbal abuse and assaults happened as school children arrived.

Witnesses said the punches ended when Hobden was told police were on their way. The other man did not fight back.

Ms Sulzer said the assaults took place in close proximity to teachers, parents and children. …

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