Tongan backpacker and fruit picker fined, warned for fighting in Bundaberg court


Tongan fruit-picker is fined around a ‘consensual’ punch-up with an additional backpacker – but is allowed to continue to be in Australia mainly because of farm employee lack

  • Fruit-finding backpacker explained to he can continue to be in Australia, regardless of punching worker 
  • Maka Leohiva Taliauli, 26, appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Monday 
  • He was fined $650 immediately after punching backpacker from Vanuatu in ‘consensual’ struggle
  • Magistrate tells him he can keep in country as farmers ‘can’t come across enough’ personnel
  • Taliauli only has to ‘behave’ himself as his behaviour was severe misconduct

A fruit-selecting backpacker who punched yet another tourist even though ingesting with buddies has been fined and warned to behave if he would like to remain in Australia. 

Maka Leohiva Taliauli, 26, pleaded guilty to one particular count of assault occasioning bodily harm in the Bundaberg Magistrates Courtroom on Monday.

The Tongan farm worker was fined $650 for preventing outside the house Childers’ Federal Resort just after ingesting with close friends on July 11, Information Mail documented.

Maka Leohiva Taliauli (pictured), 26, appeared before Bundaberg Magistrates Court when he pleaded responsible to a single rely of assault occasioning bodily damage on Monday

The courtroom read the person, who has picked fruit in Australia for four decades, punched a backpacker from Vanuatu in a ‘consensual’ combat just after being separated.

Taliauli realized the target, who sustained a slice on his cheek and bruise below the eye from the blow to the suitable side of his encounter.

They were living in the exact lodging, which is no for a longer time the scenario.

Taliauli’s visa was established to expire this thirty day period, but border closures imply he are not able to return to Tonga right until they reopen.

The courtroom heard the 26-yr-previous hoped to come again to Australia again right after returning home. 

Taliauli (pictured) and the victim, who sustained a cut on his cheek and bruise below the eye from the blow to the right side of his face, were known to each other at the time of the attack

Taliauli (pictured) and the sufferer, who sustained a lower on his cheek and bruise below the eye from the blow to the ideal side of his encounter, had been acknowledged to just about every other at the time of the attack

In get for him to do that, Bundaberg Magistrate Andrew Moloney instructed Taliauli he must ‘behave’ himself.

‘We need as a lot of backpackers and workers who are likely to decide on the fruit as doable (because) we are unable to discover adequate, but to remain right here and get that excellent perform, you’re heading to have to behave by yourself,’ he claimed.

Mr Moloney extra Taliauli was not going to jail but needed to fully grasp his conduct was major misconduct.

‘What makes it really serious is you restarted it after it had finished and there are examples in our courts of folks getting in prison for this kind of things mainly because individuals have come in for a next go,’ he said.

Mr Moloney’s opinions adopted Taliauli’s employer showing up right before the court docket and speaking very of the defendant. 

A conviction was not recorded but Taliauli was fined $650 for the incident. 

Mr Moloney added Taliauli (pictured) was not going to jail but needed to understand his behaviour was serious misconduct

Mr Moloney additional Taliauli (pictured) was not likely to jail but desired to understand his conduct was significant misconduct