Man spat at cafe staff after asked not to bring in own food

A BUNDABERG man who spat in a Coffee Club employee's face after he poured yogurt over a table has had his bid for a reduced sentence rejected.

Luke John Williams pleaded guilty earlier this year in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court to assault and was subsequently sentenced to perform 150 hours community service.

No conviction was recorded.

The court heard Williams went to the Coffee Club on November 13 last year where he started eating some yogurt and blueberries he had not bought from the business.

Store manager Kelly Siddle approached Williams and asked him to refrain from eating food inside the store that was bought from another business.

The court heard Ms Siddle then went back to the counter to serve other customers when she noticed Williams empty a tub of yogurt and blueberries onto a table and chairs before leaving the store.

Williams returned and approached the front counter and told Ms Siddle that she should go and clean up the mess and not leave it up to one of her staff.

Ms Siddle told Williams he could go and clean up his own mess before he leaned over the counter and spat in her face, hitting her across the nose and both her eyes.

Williams appealed in the Bundaberg District Court claiming his sentence was excessive and he should have received a good behaviour bond.

He told the court that he was a regular customer of the Coffee Club and always took his yogurt in there, but on this occasion he lost his temper in the heat of the moment.

But he agreed this did not excuse his behaviour.

Judge Paul Smith, in handing down his findings, said he did not believe the sentence was excessive and dismissed the appeal.

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