Driver sentenced after pleading guilty to bashing Tweed Heads road worker

A DRIVER who bashed a traffic controller at a roadwork site near Murwillumbah has been sentenced in court.

The council worker directing traffic on Tyalgum Road at Eungella when he was attacked in November 2016.

The 43-year-old man accused of the attack appeared in Murwillumbah Court last week where he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.


The man was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond and fined $500. A second assault charge was withdrawn.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment but did not sustain lasting injuries.

Tweed Shire Council has welcomed the sentencing.

“We are very pleased that the court has fined the offender and placed him on a good-behaviour bond, sending a message that it is not okay to assault or abuse road workers,” said Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney.

“By its nature, roadwork can be disruptive and inconvenient for motorists but that is no excuse for abuse.

“Council has a policy to report all instances of abuse and aggression and will prosecute offenders.”