A YOUTH worker who bashed a man at a Bendigo pub has been convicted and fined.
Robert Morley, 39, had been suffering ongoing stress from his work with youth offenders when he ended up in a drunken bar fight, the Bendigo Magistrates Court heard.
Morley punched the man multiple times to the head outside the Brougham Arms Hotel on June 8.
The pair had been in a verbal argument moments before Morley knocked him to the ground and left him with a chipped tooth.
The victim suffered serious bruising to his cheek and later required dental treatment.
The court was told the attack was “completely out of character” for Morley and was fuelled by the pressure he was experiencing in his job.
His defence counsel argued that it did not excuse the assault but said that his youth work with dangerous offenders had left him under a considerable amount of stress.
Morley had earlier sought psychological treatment to help deal with the pressures he was feeling in his role.
The court was told the man’s employer had continued to show full support for keeping him in the job.
Magistrate Frank Jones said Morley had excellent references but that there needed to be a strong deterrent to the community for these types of attacks.
“I understand the work you do,” he said.
“But you put yourself in a position you should not have been in.
“All it takes is one punch to injure or kill someone. We see it all too often.”
Morley was ordered to pay an $800 fine, with costs of $100 and restitution for the victim’s medical expenses.