“You have the potential to kill someone” - Judge to boxer

Wayde Thorne Goltz leaving court after his first appearance in 2011.
Wayde Thorne Goltz leaving court after his first appearance in 2011.

HE USED to be a talented boxer, but lately Wayde Thorne Goltz's fists have been getting him into trouble.

Appearing in Rockhampton District Court yesterday, the 25-year-old was told by Judge Terry Martin that if he didn't change, he risked killing someone.

Goltz pleaded guilty to one charge of assault occasioning bodily harm and one charge of common assault over two incidents, one on December 13, 2014, and one on February 28, 2015.

The Judge voiced concern over his serious criminal history, which already included two prior entries for grievous bodily harm from 2011 and 2013.

In December one of Goltz's victims was leaving the Zodiac when he went over to try to calm a group of people he heard yelling.

As he tried to restrain Goltz, who was yelling he was going to kill his brother, Goltz punched him twice in the face and fractured his cheekbone.

The second offence took place during a party and involved the brother of the first victim.

Prosecutor Samantha O'Rourke told the court he jokingly grabbed Goltz's skeleton costume, causing Goltz to drop his drink.

Defence solicitor Ross LoMonaco said the man had spat on an attachment to the costume.

In retaliation, Goltz punched him five times in the head.

Ms O'Rourke said the "gratuitous violence" was "indicative of a complete over-reaction" and he was lucky the victim's injuries weren't more serious.

"Due to the defendant's persistent tendency for violence, Your Honour would find rehabilitation limited in his case," she said.

"Put simply, the defendant has not learned his lesson and has continued with a violent pattern of behaviour."

The court heard that Goltz didn't drink or do drugs, but this did little to mitigate the charge.

"You don't drink or do drugs. Regrettably, it seems you are inherently a violent man," Judge Martin said.

"You have the potential to kill someone."

Goltz has been in custody since he was arrested in March, but before that he was mentoring at a local youth service.

The former champion boxer has won Queensland and Australian titles in the past.

He was sentenced to two years in jail for the first offence and four months' jail for the second, with the additional 18 months suspended sentence enacted.

All sentences are to be served concurrently, and he was given a parole release date of June 3, 2016.

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