No time for assault

Kingaroy Court House.
Kingaroy Court House. Kate Darvall

A CHERBOURG man has avoided serving jail time after being convicted of assaulting two people in a long-standing family dispute.

Charles Riley pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault when he appeared in Kingaroy District Court on Thursday, more than four years after the alleged crime took place.

When Riley found out members of the Douglas family made threatening comments to his mother, he - with friends and family members - paid them a visit on October 27, 2013, the court heard.

Crown Prosecutor Amanda Robinson said the assault was premeditated.

"There was long standing dispute between (the families),” she said.

"At 2.20am of the morning of the offence, the co-offender sent a text message effectively rounding up troops.”

When the Douglas family heard Riley and his co-offenders were driving from Brisbane, they drove to the Murgon police station.

Riley and the co-offenders followed the family to the station, where he allegedly assaulted two members of the family.

In sentencing Judge Brendan Butler took into account the Riley's work with the Wakka Wakka dancers, along with his cultural and volunteer work.

"People in the community look to you to show an example: This is not an example to show to young people,” Judge Butler said.

He handed Riley a suspended jail sentence of 15 months and three months, to be served concurrently.

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