A registered plumber named Zac Arthur Bowles was having dinner with a large group of friends last month when he became enraged after a manager at the Yandina Hotel asked the group to control the ‘rowdy’ behaviour of their children.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Nick Nitschke told the Maroochydore Magistrates Court that 33-year-old Bowles ‘became defensive’ about the request and demanded to know who complained about the children’s behaviour.
During his tirade, it is alleged that Mr Bowles hurled verbal abuse at an elderly patron and told him that he was about to get “hit by a young man.”
Sergeant Nitschke told the court that it was at this point where Mr Bowles slapped the elderly man and then headbutted him before pushing him backwards.
It is believed that an ambulance was called as a result of a cut on the victim’s nose, but the court heard that he was treated by a doctor the following day.
Mr Bowles pleaded guilty to serious assault of a person over 60 in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday, but later withdrew his guilty plea when his lawyer disagreed with the brief of evidence.
This matter will return to court on October 29.