Man, 19, fined for assault on bottle tosser

AT the end of the day life is all about the choices we make.

With this warning, Judge Ian Dearden yesterday fined a 19-year-old Rockhampton man for assaulting another teenager two years ago.

Jordan Leigh Downs pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to one count of common assault.

The court heard he was drinking with mates at a party, when the victim and his friend threw a beer bottle at them.

The pair ran off and hid in some trees, but were later found by Downs and his group.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said they gave themselves up, not wanting any trouble.

Mr Phillips said Downs then punched the complainant twice in the body.

While Downs' involvement ended there, the assault didn't.

The court heard a friend of Downs struck the victim with a piece of wood, causing him to lose consciousness.

Defence barrister Maree Willey said her client had no prior convictions for violence.

She said Downs actually implicated himself by making admissions to police about the assault.

During his sentencing, Downs said it was a "very stupid thing to do".

"I wish I wasn't there," he said.

Downs was fined $150 and no conviction was recorded.