Court hears of parent's 'assault' on teen footy players
WHEN a scuffle broke out on the football field during a schoolboys rugby league game, one parent allegedly couldn't let the issue drop.
It is alleged Kolose Kolose Paia'aua grabbed one of the 14-year-old players involved in the incident by the throat and punched two other people in the face following the 2013 game.
Paia'aua pleaded not guilty in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday to two counts of common assault and one of assault occasioning bodily harm.
In his opening statement, Crown Prosecutor Dean Jones said the incident happened at Victoria Park next to the CQ Leagues Club on Saturday March 24, 2013.
The court heard one of the players involved in the on-field scuffle was waiting outside the clubhouse after the game when Paia'aua started yelling at him.
Mr Jones said another parent then intervened, telling Paia'aua to calm down.
Paia'aua then allegedly grabbed the young player around the throat.
When the 14-year-old son of the parent who intervened tried to defend his team mate, the court heard Paia'aua punched him twice in the face.
Mr Jones said Paia'aua also punched the parent in the face before other people at the ground intervened.
Paia'aua and his family left the area before a complaint was made to the police.
Mr Jones then tendered a series of photos depicting the scene of the incident and the injuries of those involved as evidence.
The first witness was investigating officer Detective Acting Sergeant Michelle Garvey.
Det Act Sgt Garvey said it took several months to obtain statements from witnesses, the victims and Paia'aua.
When defence barrister Ross LoMonaco asked Det Act Sgt Garvey why she did not take a statement from Paia'aua's wife, who was present on the day, she said she could not give a reason.
Mr LoMonaco read out several names and asked Det Act Sgt Garvey if Paia'aua had given her the list of people who may have been there.
Det Act Sgt Garvey said she had not heard the names before.
The trail continues before Judge David Searles today.