ONE of a number of combatants involved in a Toowoomba street fight that attracted widespread publicity when the brawl was posted on social media appeared before the city's Magistrates Court today.
Phillip Lex Smith, 24, appeared by video link from the prison to plead guilty to his role in the fight and to a string of other matters.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Des Neijens told the court police had been alerted to the November 15 fight after witnesses in Festival St recorded the incident on mobile phones and uploaded it onto social media.
Smith later told police the protagonist had arrived at his home that day and challenged his brother to a fight outside.
During the ensuing fight, his brother had been knocked to the ground and so Smith had stepped in, initially holding a stick, before continuing the fight.
Magistrate Damian Carroll was less than impressed with the incident.
"Imagine what the residents of Festival St felt with you blokes fighting in their street," he told Smith.
Smith pleaded guilty to affray from that incident as well as to possessing a small amount of amphetamine when spoken to by police on November 22 and damaging a door and a wall at his then family home during a domestic disturbance.
It was during that disturbance on September 7 last year that he punched his then partner's mother in the head, which Mr Carroll said he considered to be very serious.
"That was a cowardly thing to do to a lady... the grandmother of your children," Mr Carroll told him.
Mr Carroll sentenced Smith to nine months' jail, but declared the 97 days he had already spent in custody as time served under the sentence and ordered he be released on parole immediately.
Smith was also fined $1000.
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