Rockingham man given community service for punching man in the head at bus stop

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A MAN who thought a stranger was rude for ignoring him has received 100 hours community service for punching that stranger to the head.

Dale Jonathon Hall pleaded guilty to common assault when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on March 12.

The prosecutor said Hall approached a bus stop on Contest Parade Rockingham where he came across another man waiting at the stop and wearing headphones.

Hall then began yelling abuse at the victim before he punched him to the face.

Perth Transit Officers witnessed the assault.

The duty lawyer said Hall had been at a 21st birthday party and as he was quite drunk and a fight had broken out at the party he had left.

She said he asked the other male at the bus stop how he was going and took the male’s non answer as being rude.

“He realises now in the cold light of day the complainant had headphones in and was not being rude,” she said.

She said the 21-year-old’s mother is serving a lengthy jail term for her involvement in a homicide matter.

She said he was doing alcohol counselling.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards said he needed help with his issues.

“It seems to me you do need assistance as it was a situation that was totally unnecessary,” she said.

She sentenced him to a 12 month Community Based Order with supervision, programs and 100 hours community service work.

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