GUILTY: 46-year-old Chris Burley pleaded guilty to common assault in the Toogoolawah Magistrates Court.
GUILTY: 46-year-old Chris Burley pleaded guilty to common assault in the Toogoolawah Magistrates Court.

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AN ARGUMENT between two former work colleagues about car parts has led to an assault at a rural service station.

Unemployed Toogoolawah builder Chris Burley found himself at the Harlin BP service station on January 14 with Troy Dallard, with whom he worked previously at the Karreman Quarry.

Toogoolawah Magistrates Court heard there was no collegial friendship between the pair, with a dispute about a purported agreement to renovate Mr Dallard’s property souring relations.

The argument between the pair spilt out of the service station and ended with Burley pleading guilty in Toogoolawah Magistrates Court to a charge of common assault.

The court was told the pair agreed Burley would complete renovation works to Mr Dallard’s home in return for Mr Dallard buying and fitting parts to Burley’s car.

While the works on the home had been completed eight months earlier, the court heard work on Burley’s car had not.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hooper told the court, when the argument broke out, Burley left the service station, telling Mr Dallard to “come the f--- outside”.

The argument continued and ended with Burley, 46, striking Mr Dallard in the sternum with his elbow.

Mr Dallard was winded and sought treatment before filing a complaint.

Speaking in court, Burley’s lawyer James Veivers said the assault had been due to his client’s anger and frustration.

“He regrets that behaviour now,” Mr Veivers said.

Burley had two prior convictions, one for wilful and unlawful destruction when he was 18, and an assault occasioning bodily harm 20 years ago.

Mr Veivers said the history was dated and Burley was a different man.

“It appears as though, respectfully, he’s grown up,” he said.

Magistrate Louisa Pink accepted the history was dated and that the complainant “didn’t hold up his end of the bargain”.

But she dismissed Mr Veivers request for his client to be issued a good behaviour bond.

“When we have those sorts of disagreements, we don’t resort to violence,” Ms Pink said.

“In all of the circumstances I am not satisfied that your culpability was so low as to justify a good behaviour bond.”

Burley was fined $400, referred to SPER. His conviction was not recorded.