'Relentless pursuit' of tourist in attack
A MAN who was involved in the "relentless pursuit" of a tourist during an assault on him has been fined $3500.
Zaynn Stevannes Bekker, 30, of Cannonvale pleaded guilty in Proserpine Magistrates Court to a charge of affray.
Prosecutor Robert Beamish told the court Bekker and a co-accused had been at a charity headshave at Beaches Bar and Grill in Airlie Beach on December 1 and used the 'find my iPhone app' to track down the co-accused's girlfriend's phone which was missing and incorrectly believed the 27-year-old man - who had just pulled up in a carpark at the Airlie Beach Lagoon - had taken it.
Mr Beamish said Bekker "aggressively confronted" the man about 6pm and tried to punch him.
The man fell to the ground and Bekker and his co-accused continued the assault on him, Mr Beamish said.
The court was told a passer-by came to help the victim and the fight continued from the carpark, along the main street to Magnums Bar in what Mr Beamish called a "relentless pursuit" of the victim.
The tourist, who was left with a bloody nose and ripped shirt, was helped by security at Magnums Hotel, Mr Beamish said.
Bekker and his co-accused ran off and Bekker was interviewed by police on December 4 where he admitted being involved in a brawl and showed some remorse.
Mr Beamish described the attack in court as a "protracted and unreasonable incident".
Bekker's solicitor Danny Yarrow said while there was no excuse for his client's conduct and while his Behaviour was "undoubtedly distressing to the public", no assault charges had been laid.
He also said Bekker had "left the scene of his own volition" and did not have to be removed by police.
Mr Yarrow also asked that a conviction not be recorded against his client as he moved to Australia from South Africa seven years ago and still travelled to that country to visit family.
In fining Bekker, magistrate Ron Muirhead warned him it was a serious charge.
"I did originally have in mind a term of imprisonment," Mr Muirhead said.
"Your behaviour was completely out of order."
However, Mr Muirhead said he took into account Bekker did not have any previous convictions other than a "fairly minor" drug charge.
Mr Muirhead also ordered a conviction not be recorded by the court.