Lamb vows to kick on after tough lesson

HIS inexperience proved costly in Newcastle’s loss toCanterbury last weekend, but Knights five-eighthBrock Lamb showed maturity beyond his yearson Wednesdayby fronting the media and vowing to make amends.
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MOVING FORWARD: Newcastle Knights five-eighth Brock Lamb is determined to put Sunday’s faux pas against Canterbury behind him and focus on this week’s clash with Brisbane. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The 20-year-old said he harboured no lingering doubts afterSunday’s shattering20-18 defeat and would beready to go against Brisbane atMcDonald Jones Stadiumon Saturday.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Brock Lamb working on his kicking game at training. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

A fifth-tackle kick by Lamb in the 78thminute of the Bulldogs match allowed Moses Mbye to score the game-breaking try, butthe Maitland-born playmakersaidhe’s learned from the crucial mistake and hopes to prove it wasa one-off.

“Obviously it hurts,” Lamb said. “I want to see the fans happy and I want to see the boys celebrating a win.


“I had a million things going through my mind. I guess I’ve just got to back the first one. I probably should have just kicked into touch straight across in front of me.

“It did play a part in our loss that kick of mine, but in saying that I’ve got another chance this weekend to turn it around.”

Lamb had a chance to makeup for theerror when he took a penalty kick after full-time,which could have forcedgolden-point extra time, butshanked the shotwell wide of the posts.

“That’s the sort of kick you want,” Lamb said.

“Unfortunately I just kicked a bit of the ground there and didn’t get the right kick away. I’ll learn from that and everyone has them in their careers, so I’m glad to get it over and done with and hopefully I can move forward.”

Lamb has been a mainstay in the Newcastle starting side this season, making 15 appearances in the halves.

He was dropped for the Wests Tigers match in round 17 and sent back to the Intrust Super Premiership, but viewed the game as his reserve-grade “debut” and was reinstated for the Bulldogs clash.

Knights players have rallied around the West Maitland junior this week and coach Nathan Brown put his faith in the 20-year-old on Tuesday, naming an unchanged line-up except for the inclusion of Queensland centre Dane Gagai.

Brisbane will be without regular backliners Corey Oates and Darius Boyd, who will miss the game through injury.

In their absence,Jamayne Isaako will debut on one wing and six-game rookie Jonus Pearson will play on the opposite flank.

The inexperienced edges will likely be targeted by the Knights.

“I just need to try and get my long kicking game on-point and test them out in the air a fair bit,” Lamb said.

“They’re all pretty strong ball carriers and they’re really good on their feet, so they’re going to be hard to handle.”

Port Stephens Council approves six storey units on the corner of Donald and Church streets

PLANS APPROVED: Sydney developer Silvano Frassetto’s plans for 17 units, six storeys high, at 65-67 Donald Street, have been on public exhibition. Artwork: SuppliedA second apartment project has got the seal of approval for Nelson Bay in as many months.
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Port Stephens Council unanimously approved plans on Tuesday night for the 17 unit, six storey project at 65-67 Donald Street, Nelson Bay.

It followed the approval of the Ascent apartments in May for Church Street site, which at 32 metres high upset some.

“[Donald Street] is a much more attractive looking design than [Aspect] a block or two back,” Cr John Nell said.

“It shows we don’t need to go higher so the argument we need to go higher to get a better design and for developers to make money doesn’t stack up.”

Cr John Morello welcomed the development.

“We really need to get people living in the CBD and this is a great start,” he said.

“It’s pleasing that this has a good mixture of one and two bedroom units to suit buyers.”

Acting mayor Chris Doohan said the apartments were the start of exciting times ahead.

“We’ve been asked by residents and the [Tomaree] Business Chamber to revitalise the town centre and this is the perfect opportunity.”

The Donald Street project is the work of Nelson Bay Developments director Silvano Frassetto.

Mr Frassetto told the Examiner in January that he had bought 65-67 Donald Street in 2007, just months before the Global Financial Crisis.

“We’ve owned the property for a while but we feel the time is right,” he said.

“There’s a fair bit of optimism in Nelson Bay now.”

Mr Frassetto said his apartments would help cater to that demand particularly for sea changers.

“For Sydney retirees their property values have gone up so they have the equity in their home to relocate into an apartment like these and still have money left over,” he said.

Work to start ‘within weeks’ on Church Street

Apartment plans show confidence in CBD

Climate right for apartments

A hunger to help: Aussie Care discount food store prepares for Maitland CBD reopening

FIGHTING HUNGER: Marli Accommodation Services president Liz Berger (right) with volunteers Steve and Sharyn Bone and Linda Campbell. Photo: Marina Neil. Discount food store Aussie Care will soon be back on its feet, witha rebirth in the Maitland CBD slated forlater this month.
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It means Maitland residents experiencing a tough time will still be able to access food and support – something that appeared at risk when the organisation went into administration earlier this year at their Thornton site.

But the crew from Marli Accommodation Services swooped in, buying the business and setting it up in a new premises at 359 High Street.

Marli Accommodation Services presidentLiz Berger is confidentthe new CBD location will greatly increase accessibility for the people who need it most.

“We totally think it will be hugely successful in the Maitland CBD,”Ms Berger said.

“Not everyone has a car, but now people can come here via bus or train.

“It’ll make it a lot easier for them.”

Ms Berger said purchasing the company ensured it would continue to be able to help the many families and individualsin Maitland who relied on it.

“The main thing we wanted was to rescue it from disappearing,” she said.

“We know how many people really depend on it.”

While the food bank will soon be up and running again, the new owners have a much grander vision for their new site, which stretches across two floors on High Street.

Ms Berger said that upstairs is in the midst of being fitted out as an office area, where residents will be able to book out a desk and a computer for the day which they can then use to produce resumes and other documents.

That’s not all though,with plans underway for free exercise and yoga areas as well as space forparenting programs and a legal aid service, withmore services tobe added in time.

Ms Berger said it was about making the most of their new CBD location.

“It’s about giving people access to all these services they might not have at home, so they can do as much as possible here,” she said.

“We think it’ll be really successful.”

The shop is expected to officially open on July 28.

Magpies could help stop rainbow lorikeets eating grapes at Hunter vineyards

Bird Wars: magpies versus rainbow lorikeets at Hunter vineyards | POLL, PHOTOS TweetFacebookHerald wine writer John Lewis told Topics that “magpies may hold an answer”.
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John reported back in January that huge flocks of birds were taking their toll on the 2017 Hunter Valley wine harvest.

“At the Wandin Valley vineyard in Lovedale, rainbow lorikeets caused the loss of several tonnes of chardonnay grapes that were ready for picking,” the story said.

Wandin Valley winemaking consultant PJ Charteris also reported massive bird strikes on vineyards. He had never seen the nectar-loving rainbow lorikeets in such numbers before.

De Iuliis chief winemaker Michael De Iuliis said he had to pick chardonnay in a Lovedale Road vineyard at Keinbah early because it was being “hammered” by rainbow lorikeets.

Bruce Tyrrellsaid that crows, starlings and rainbow lorikeets had munched ongrapes at his vineyards.

Vignerons had used netting to protect vines, but perhaps they should try perches.

Rebecca Peisley, ofCharles Sturt University, said the perches installed in Victoria proved to be popular with magpies.

“Cameras attached to the platforms recorded almost 40,000 magpie visits to the 12 perches over four months,” she told the science website.

The magpies’ presence meant fewer grape-eating birds in the area.

Sections of the vineyard without perches suffered damage to 9 per cent ofgrapes, on average, compared to 4 per cent in sections with perches.

“I would definitely recommend the perches because with a very small investment, we saw a pretty good reduction in grape damage,” Peisley said.

A Yellow SubmarineWe couldn’t help but notice a letter to the editor from New Lambton’s Ian Roach.

What was the meaning of the Beatles song Yellow Submarine?

Ian was responding to a Herald article on Saturday that referenced the Beatles song, Yellow Submarine.

Ian said aneighbour, who came from Liverpool, once told him that yellow submarine was slang for an asylum for the insane.

Topics had a squiz at the Urban Dictionary, which said a yellow submarine was a nickname for a “marijuanajoint”.

Paul McCartney said of the song: “It’s a happy place, that’s all. You know, it was just… we were trying to write a children’s song. That was the basic idea. And there’s nothing more to be read into it than there is in the lyrics of any children’s song”.

On another occasion,McCartney said: “People say, ‘Yellow Submarine?What’s the significance?What’s behind it?’ Nothing!I knew it would get connotations, but it was just a children’s song.”

Steve Turner wrote in his book, A Hard Day’s Write that: “The rumour quickly spread that the yellow submarine was a veiled reference to drugs.In New York, Nembutal capsules started to be known as ‘yellow submarines’. Paul denied the allegations.”

Music journalist Peter Doggett probably got it rightwhen he said the song became a “kind ofRorschach testfor radical minds”.

Aussies OverseasWe heard a story the other day about a Newcastle bloke at the Glastonbury music festival in the UK.

The bloke was wearing some sort of Knights paraphernalia, which sparked an excited reaction from a security guard at the festival.

This reminded us about the time we lived in England. We’re not really into rugby league, but we found ourselves looking for the scores from back home to help ease a bit of homesickness.

Then one night at a club in Cornwall, we heard a fellow Aussie’s voice at the bar. It was the sweetest thing we’d heard in sometime.

We’d love to hearyour stories of Aussies overseas – [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Swear in front of me, but don’t call me ‘darl’: A lesson in respect

Assuming women need protection from swear words is not respect. Photo: StocksyI was watching a new show on the Crime & Investigation channel the other day (shh, don’t tell anyone). It was calledCourt Justice: Sydney –afly on the wall seriesabout the Downing Centre Magistrates courts.
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Jane Caro.

But it wasn’t the effect of the law on real people’s lives that caught my attention, fascinating though that was. It was an exchange between Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge (what a woman she is) and a defendant that literally stopped me in my tracks.

The defendant was in the witness box and his lawyer was asking him questions in the usual fashion. The defendant was charged with affray but he was pleading (quite reasonably) self-defence. The defendant was a professional boxer who had gone to the aid of a friend who was being viciously attacked. In the witness box, he was asked exactly what the attacker had said to him.

Defendant: (Looking at Magistrate Milledge) Can I say it?

Milledge: Yeah, please.

Defendant: You sure?

Milledge: Yeah, we won’t faint I promise you.

Defendant: “You f—ing c—“

Milledge: Heard that before.

Defendant: Sorry darl.

Milledge: (Quickly) But don’t call me darl. That’s where we fall out with each other.

And a little later…

Milledge: Don’t feel worried about using language, but don’t call me darl.

Defendant: I apologise, Your Honour.

Milledge: Now that’s a good one (she meant the honorific).

What I loved about this exchange is how clearly it illustrates the difference between respecting women and protecting them. A lot of people, particularly some men, claim to love women – and I have no doubt that they genuinely feel that they do.

However, it’s the way they demonstrate that love that can be a problem. The boxer had been taught not to use bad language in front of women, to protect them from it, in fact. I get that. But he unintentionally revealed the worm in the protective apple when he compounded the felony by calling Milledge “darl”.

The problem with the urge to protect is you only do it to people you see as less capable than you are. “Darl’ is a diminutive – literally, when used to address someone you do not know, diminishing. It’s the sort of language we use to children, especially little girls.

Yet I don’t doubt that the boxer saw it as his duty, as gallantry even, to protect women from the rough and tumble of real life. This attitude is a direct result of theMadonna/whore dichotomythat has bedevilled women for millennia.

Under that reductive view, a good and respectable woman is pure and unsullied, even delicate and fragile, so she must be protected from reality. Jackie Milledge as a magistrate was a “good” woman, therefore in need of protection.

The boxer clearly did not want to offend Milledge; on the contrary, he was tying himself in knots to be polite. And with good reason, she could send him to jail.

He simply did not know how to treat a woman in such a position of authority with respect.

This urge to protect and venerate is sometimes called benevolent sexism. And while it might be – on one level – kindly meant, it is belittling and controlling.

When the boxer, who was clearly a nice guy, called Milledge “darl”, he was patronising her. He would not have treated a male magistrate in the same way. He might have called a male magistrate “mate” (though I doubt it) but “mate” is equal to equal, peer to peer and doesn’t assume a false intimacy.

“Darl”, “love”, “sweetie”, “dear” (I get a lot of that now I’m older) all associate women with love – with the personal – not with public and professional authority.

These terms of endearment overstep a boundary between the professional and the personal. The boxer meant well. He may even have seen the exchange as respectful, but Milledge knew that it wasn’t and, to her credit, was quick to correct him.

She didn’t want or need his protection. She wanted and demanded his respect. She was not his darling. She was Your Honour.

(By the way, she also acquitted him.)

In a microcosm, I felt that this exchange beautifully summed up the essence of the feminist struggle. Which, simply put, is the desire of one half of the human race to be taken seriously by the other half.

Hugh Mackay in his seminal bookWhat Makes Us Tick? The Ten Desires That Drive Us(2010) says he lists the desires in no particular order except for the first one – which is the most important. It is the desire to be taken seriously.

Women don’t want to be your pet, your love or your darling. They don’t want to be trivialised, indulged or protected. They might accept it, if it’s the best they are going to get, but what they want is the same as what you want: to be taken seriously, to be respected, to be honoured as an equal and fully autonomous fellow adult.

It’s not a lot to ask. It’s not even hard to do. Just don’t call me darl.

An indecent response

STANDING UP: Georgia Mueck, left, and Luci Regan have had a strong response to a Facebook page they started to document indecent assault in Newcastle venues. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers FED UP after years of being groped and touched as the recipients of unwanted male attentionin Newcastle night spots, twoyoung women are taking a stand againstindecent assault. Something they claimis occurring with such frequency it has become “normal”.
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Georgia Mueck, 23, and LuciRegan, 21, have created a Facebook page where others can come forward and register their experiences in venues around Newcastle.

Within daysof the page going live more than 100 women had made shocking claims about their experiences in several Newcastle late-night venuesby fillingout aconfidential form posted on the page.Most of the respondents are aged between 18 and 24.

The NewcastleHeraldhas seen some of the responses, which include incidences of groping to thebreasts, bottom and genitals.

Other women have reportedbeing pulled onto the laps of strangers, pushed against walls and kissed, havingtheir dresses and skirts pulled up, bras unfastened, grabbed forcefully, being digitally penetrated on the dance floor, having their drinks spiked andnipples flicked.

Women reported being abused, having their hair pulled, drinks poured over their headsand spat on when asking the offender to stop.

Some respondents said venues had failed to take appropriate action, or ignored their reports entirely,when they had complained.

“The security guards within Newcastle’s nightlife industry are extremely ineffective at handling anything like this, if you were to approach a guard about this they would most likely kick you out,” one respondent said.

One respondent said she“always expects itto happen” when she goes out and many said they no longer went to late-night venues in Newcastle because of concerns for their personal safety.

Ms Mueck said the problem in Newcastle was so big many young women going out at nightnow expected to be sexually harassed.

“If it’s a crowded place there is almost a 100 per cent chance you are going to be groped, felt-up,” she said.

While it was far from the worst experience Ms Mueck has had in Newcastle late night venues, thetipping point came in theearly hours of July 6 at The Argyle House.

“Some guy sitting behind me reached over and grabbed my arse,” Ms Mueck said.

In CCTV footage shown to the Herald by the venue a young man is seen reaching out and touching Ms Mueck on the bottom.

Ms Mueckreported the matter to a RSA marshalwho passed her table a few minuteslater.

However, because she could not identify who had touched her, no formal action was taken.

The Argyle House operations manager, AngusHarper, acknowledged the incident occurred in the night spot.

He said the problem of women being “sexually harassed”in venues across Newcastle was “widespread”.

“We do acknowledge the issue occurred, there are protocols in place for incidencessuch as this onefor action to be taken,” Mr Harper said.

“It couldhave been handled more appropriately …the response was incorrect.”

Mr Harper blamed the short delay between when the incident occurred and when it was reported, and the fact MsMueck could not identify the offender for the breakdown in the venue’s protocols.

Ms Mueck said she was not interested in singling out one venue, because the problem occurred routinely in other late-night venues as well.

Nor was she interested in seeing the alleged offender charged.

“What we want is cultural change,” she said.

“We want them to know this is not on.”

The Argyle House is taking the matter seriously. All staff have been summonsedto a meeting on Tuesday.

“Everyone is going to be there, this issue will obviously be raised,” Mr Harper said.

“The importance of patrons safety and well-being, ultimately their happiness and comfort within the venue will be stressed.

“When you go out you want to feel safe and not be looking over your shoulder the whole time.”

The Argyle House had submitted all footage and relevant information from the incident to policeand said it was committed to supporting Ms Mueck in whatever course of action she chose.

The establishment wanted to take leadership on the issue and said venues throughout the city needed tounite and tackle the problem together.

“We will be in touch with other venues around Newcastle,” Mr Harper said.

“This is an issue which has snowballed and needs to be dealt with appropriately.”

Newcastle police Acting Detective Inspector Scott Wheeler said anyone who experienced any form of sexual violence should “remove themselves from the situation, if possible, and notify authorities”.

“There is no excuse for this type of behaviour and it won’t be tolerated at any time,” Detective Inspector Wheeler said.

“Many people aren’t aware that any form of unwanted sexual contact is sexual violence and it’s a crime.

“The key word is unwanted – it can include touching through to sexual assault.”

He urged women to contact police if they experienced unwanted sexual contact.

“Our priority is always the health and well-being of victims, but it’s only when we know what’s happening that we can help.”

– Georgia Mueck, 23

Newcastle Rugby League: Kurri Kurri Bulldogs playmaker Terence Seu Seu receives one-match suspension

OUT: Kurri Kurri Bulldogs playmaker Terence Seu Seu. Picture: Marina NeilKURRI Kurri will be without playmaker Terence Seu Seu for Saturday’s catch-up game against competition leaders Western Suburbs at Harker Oval after taking an early guilty plea this week.
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His penalty for a grade-one reckless high tackle charge from Saturday’s loss to Cessnock was halved, which means he can return for the Bulldogs against Maitland next weekend in what shapes as a possible battle for the wooden spoon.It leaves the former NRL hooker with 50 carry-over points for any future visit to the Newcastle Rugby League judiciary.

* ABulldogsreserve grader may not be so lucky when he faces a Newcastle RL disciplinary hearing on Thursday night for an off-field incident involving Cessnock prop Kurt Warden during the same Coalfields derby.

The unidentified player, who was a spectator at the time, will answer three code of conduct breaches after allegedly pushing Warden, who had been sent to the sin bin at Kurri Sportsground.

CATCH-UP FIXTURES: Western Suburbs v Kurri Kurri at Harker Oval on Saturday; South Newcastle v Macquarie at Townson Oval on Sunday.

* AS of Wednesday Maitland hadn’t lodged an official appeal about a Newcastle RL match review committee decision earlier this week.

Pickers winger Tyler Le Prince-Campbelldidn’t require surgery but will miss the rest of the season with a fractured cheekbone after copping a strayboot to the head.Central’sJustin Worley escaped penalties both during and after the game.

* HUNTER product Caitlin Moran has been named at five-eighth for NSW ahead of the women’s interstate challenge against Queenslandin Wollongong next Sunday.

The Jillaroos centre will be joined by North Newcastle and Aussie teammates Isabelle Kelly and Bec Young.

Newcastle Rugby League: Western Suburbs second-rower Ben Stone quietly impresses coach Matt Lantry

TOUCH: Western Suburbs second-rower Ben Stone has been impressive for the ladder-leading Rosellas in 2017 with coach Matt Lantry praising the 21-year-old’s ability to do all the “little things”. Picture: Marina NeilOn the surface Western Suburbs are just a clean cut above everyone else.
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Leading the Newcastle first grade competition with just one loss, comfortablyholding the best for and against records while alsoaveraging a 22-point marginfromthe opening 10 games.

Underneath it all doing the dirty work is Ben Stone.

The 21-year-old Belmont Southsecond-rower comes from good rugby league stock –dad Rick the former Knights coach and younger brother Sam a current NRL player.

And while sometimes “underestimated” Wests mentor Matt Lantry knows the value of this Maltese international and counts his lucky stars to have the Lakes junior at Harker Oval in 2017.

“It hasn’t gone unnoticed,” Lantry said.

“We’re paying 200 points for him and it’s probably the best 200 points we’ve spent.

“He’s well respected by his teammates andjust does all the little things.

“A guy actually described him to me just recently as the Dallas Johnston [former n forward] of the footy team or even like Alan Tongue [former Canberra skipper].They don’t do all flashy things, but they do all the little shitty things.”

Lantry can rattle off Stone’sweekly statistics –30 or 40 tackles and15 carries for 100-plus metres –but it’s much more than simply crunching the numbers.

“Work ethic,” Lantry said.“I thoroughly enjoycoaching him for what he bringsto the table because helets his actions do all the talking.

“And hiseffort areas are so impressive – it’s kick chase, it’s trail on the inside, it’s saving a try. He nevermisses an assignment andunderstands the gamewell.”

Lantry and Stone crossed paths at the Knights last year with NSW Cup. It was an insight on what to expect and potentially what’sto come.

“He always turns up and doeshis job,” Lantry said.

“Week in and week out you know what you’re going to get from him.

“You don’t have to worry about how he prepares orwhat his mental state is before a game because when Ben Stone’s there to play he gets it done.

“I’d actually like to think we’ll have him at Wests for a long, long time. He has great leadership qualities and is apotential leader amongthat group down the track.”

Although at a new club Stone has linked up with a few familiar faces at Wests, including playmaker Ryan Walker and utility James Elias,and feels that has been part of the team’s success.

“It was a bit hard to go from Lakes to Wests but Matt [Lantry] has got the right crew there and I’mreally enjoying my footy,” Stone said.

“It’spretty much the same players as last year [from Wests] plus five of us cameover and we all played together [at Knights] last year. So we’vegelled pretty well.”

Chinan Ninja Warrior: Fans call for Roy and HG to sit in commentator’s box

n Ninja Warriorhas been slaying the primetime competition, but that hasn’t stopped some fans from coming up with a rather absurdrequest.
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Ninja Warrior is popular. Well, the athletes at least.

In recent days, social media has lit up every time the addictive sports entertainment show goes to air. From the cushy confines of their living rooms, punters have shared their delight over moments of brute strength and hilarious fails.

But among the mountain of praise lies an idea that just won’t go away, with armchair warriors insistingNinja Warrior’sn hosts – Ben Fordham, Rebecca Maddern and Freddie Flintoff – aren’t “charismatic” enough for the job.

Some have even gone as far as to suggest the trio need to be replaced by Triple M’s Roy Slaven and HG Nelson in order to provide some comic relief. The pair are well-known for their alternative commentary for the Olympics (and, closer to home, the State of Origin).

The real hosts (left) Ben Fordham, Rebecca Maddern, Freddie Flintoff and (maybe) the preferred hosts, Roy and HG. Pic: Channel 9

Ninedeclined to comment but given the show’s strong ratings the network is unlikely to be in any hurry to change the line-up.

Even if they were able to convince Roy and HG to step into the commentary box,it would be too late, the show was filmed last year in Sydney making it impossible for new commentators to be parachuted in.

Roy and HG have been approached for comment. They’re on holidays at the moment, though, soNinja Warriorfever is probably the last thing on their minds.

#ninjawarriorau Hey @channel9, how many retweets is needed to get Roy and HG to commentate?

— Stanks (@ssvetec) July 9, 2017this run alone has shown #NinjaWarriorAU need for better commentators… a post from last nights show is spot on. Where is Roy and HG?

— Luke Michael (@LukeAus) July 10, [email protected] has bucked the trend, proving you don’t need charismatic hosts to produce successful TV #NinjaWarriorAU

— Jason Oxenbridge (@JOxenbridge) July 11, 2017

Sean Barnard pleads guilty to Nelson Bay pub glassing

Newcastle courthouse. A MAN on bail accused of seriously assaulting two police officers at Shoal Bay in 2014 has pleaded guilty to glassing another punter at a Nelson Bay pub.
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Sean Paul Barnard, 29, of Nelson Bay, appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday via audio visual link from the maximum security section of Cessnock Correctional Centre.

Barnard’s solicitor, Chris O’Brien, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of reckless wounding after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)withdrew a more serious allegation of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

According to a statement of police facts, which DPP solicitor Brooke Ellery said were not yet agreed upon between the parties, Barnard and the victim were drinking at the Sea Breeze Hotel at Nelson Bay on April 22 this year whena conversation about Barnard’s girlfriend became heated.

The pair were on the balcony of the hotel when Barnard, who was holding a schooner glass in his left hand, allegedly asked the victim: “What did you say about my girlfriend?”

The victim allegedly replied: “What did you say, sorry?”.

CCTV footage from the hotel appears to show Barnard poke the victim a number of times in the chest before grabbing him by the left shoulder and swinging the glass into the victim’s right ear and neck.

During a bail application in April, solicitorDrew Hamilton had said that CCTV footage showed an “impulsive act, a spontaneous act” after the conversation between the pair soured.

The force of the blow showered bystanders in shards of glass and the pair grappled for a moment before security broke it up.

Barnard was walked from the hotel before fleeing on foot, only to turn himself into police the next day.

He had been on bail for more than two-and-a-half years in relation to the incident with police, but has now been in custody since his arrest in April.

The victim was treated at the scene before being flown to John Hunter Hospital where he underwent surgery.

The matter was adjourned to Newcastle District Court on July 18, when Barnard will also appear alongside his three co-accuseds –Alan Mark Chegwidden, Matthew Terrance Connell and Jess Aaron Keatinge –in relation to thewild melee at Shoal Bay in November, 2014.

That matter has evolved into a long-running and complicated saga, which has includeda stay of the proceedings in May last year after lawyers for the four menreferred the matter to the Police Integrity Commission, citing “overt and flagrantbreaches of police protocol” concerning the use of tasers.