Man on bond over assault on couple

A young Kanahooka father has been placed on a bond for his role in a violent attack on a husband and wife outside the Coniston Hotel.

Magistrate Mark Richardson accepted that Reece Welsh played only a minor role in the March 7 assault, but said the incident, in which the victims were repeatedly punched and the man had his head stomped on, was serious.

Port Kembla Local Court heard the couple had been at the hotel watching a band play when they decided to leave around 9pm.

The pair were waiting for a taxi when they ran into Welsh and a group of friends, who had also been drinking at the pub.

Police said CCTV footage appeared to show the male victim call out to Welsh's friends, prompting one of the group to walk towards the couple.

The female victim attempted to speak to the male however he pushed her out of the way and punched her husband in the jaw.

Another male from the group joined his friend in punching the male victim, while Welsh was seen to push him.

At one stage during the melee, one of the attacking males punched the female victim in the face and stomped on the male victim's head before being pulled away by others in the group.

Police arrived a short time later and spoke with the husband and wife.

The extent of their injuries was not noted in the fact sheet but both were able to stand up after the attack.

Welsh was arrested on May 29. During a subsequent interview with police he told them he'd been highly intoxicated that evening.

The other attackers remain at large.

In court on Tuesday, Welsh's lawyer, James Howell, said his client realised the matter was serious but asked the court to take into account he had played only a minor role in the incident.

Magistrate Richardson fined Welsh $450 and placed him on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

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