Andrew Landers fronted Roma Magistrates Court.
Andrew Landers fronted Roma Magistrates Court.

Birthday game of pool turns club brawl

A BIRTHDAY game of pool quickly escalated into a brawl when Andrew Landers threw punches at a fellow Zone reveller last month.

Appearing in the Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday, the court heard the 28-year-old plead guilty to one charge of assault occasioning in bodily harm.

Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting said Landers had been at the Zone on October 27, where he met the male victim and became acquainted.

While playing pool, and affected by alcohol, the pair were seen having a conversation about money on the pool table.

“Suddenly, and without provocation, the defendant has taken a step backwards in preparation, before swinging his right arm back and punching the victim once with force to his face with a closed fist,” Sgt Whiting said.

“The defendant immediately followed through with a second punch to the victim, again with a closed fist. The impact caused the victim to be forced backwards, and his top lip to split open, bleeding.

“The victim did not retaliate, stepped backwards while a number of patrons stepped in, causing a brief brawl and escorting the defendant out of the club.”

As police were already there on another matter, they observed the victim, “bleeding excessively” from a lip laceration, for which he required seven stitches for.

Two days later, Landers was arrested and charged.

Speaking on his client’s behalf, Laurie Parker said Landers was aware the consequences of his actions could have been different.

“He was simply playing pool, out celebrating his birthday,” Mr Parker said.

“His mother, who was a very prominent indigenous person in the community had passed away in June, and he was probably not in a good state of mind.

“He is very remorseful, and he knows not to do it again.”

Magistrate Cridland issued a joint order, including an 18 month probation and 40 hours of community service.

“I’m not recording a conviction. That won’t ever happen again,” he said.

Landers has also been banned from Roma licensed premises until late February, 2020.