Church-goer goes biblical in road rage clash
PUNCHES flew from the fists of church-goer, unleashing a brutal assault on a driver who had annoyed him.
Senio Tai had just left a Sunday church service when he apparently forgot the biblical passages of forgiveness, and to simply turn the other cheek.
Instead an Ipswich court heard that the 24-year-old had been heading home after attending church and was with a mate in a Toyota Corolla when he got out of the car and assaulted the driver.
Ipswich magistrate Virginia Sturgess said his bad behaviour was "not a great lesson" after just coming from church, musing as to what he'd been taught.
Tai, from Redbank Plains, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to assault causing bodily harm to the man on Sunday, January 27.
Prosecutor, Sergeant Nicholas Turnbull said the assault took place at 11am at the corner of Alawoona St and School Rd in Redbank Plains.
Two males were seen in a white Toyota Corolla making a series of gestures.
The incident culminated with Tai getting out of the car and with a closed fist delivering multiple blows to the face of the other driver.
The man suffered cuts to his left eye and face.
Tai admitted throwing the first punch, the court hearing he had moved to Australia for a fresh start.
"You don't get out of a car and punch them in the head," Ms Sturgess told the sheepish offender standing before her.
"You just don't... I'm told (by defence lawyer Erin Dwan) that you had just come from church. Not a great lesson."
Tai was convicted and sentenced to six months jail, immediately suspended.