Man was bashed by "good" friends

A MAN was assaulted and robbed of $430 by two “good” friends he had known for seven years, the Tweed Heads Local Court heard yesterday.

Guy Edward Halloran struck the man in the face, before Jessica Watts forcibly took his wallet then threw him out of their stationary car.

She took the money then threw the wallet and the man’s false teeth to the ground before she and Halloran drove away, leaving the victim to find his own way home from Dry Dock Road.

Halloran and Watts were given suspended prison sentences of 10 months and eight months respectively byMagistrate Michael Dakin yesterday.

Mr Dakin said the facts of the June 8 incident were serious and included physical violence and a total disregard for the victim.

The man had already loaned $100 each to the pair after telling them of a $640 win he had on Keno.

According to Watts, the victim told her ex-partner that he loaned her money. Her ex then called her and threatened her over access to their children

Halloran, 31, was charged with robbery in company, and common assault, while Watts faced a charge of robbery. On top of the suspended sentence, Halloran was fined $500 plus $76 in court costs.

While Halloran had an extensive criminal history, it was Watts’ first offence. The money had been repaid to the victim before yesterday’s courtappearance.

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