Olympic boxer Damien Hooper pleads guilty to cabbie assault

FORMER Olympic boxer Damien Duncan Hooper has pleaded guilty to the assault of a Toowoomba taxi driver.

Hooper, 22, appeared briefly before Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday to plead guilty to the reduced charge of common assault as well as to obstructing police and public nuisance offences arising from an altercation with the cab driver on the night of December 14 last year.

Upon receiving his plea of guilty to the common assault charge, police prosecutor Sergeant Tony Costa withdrew the original charge of "serious assault of a person 60 years and over".

However, Hooper's solicitor Dan Habermann asked the court to adjourn sentencing of his client to the Indigenous Sentencing List hearings in May.

Police claim Hooper and a 23-year-old male associate had become involved in an altercation with a taxi driver at the intersection of James and Neil Sts about 7.45pm, December 14.

During a verbal argument, it is claimed Hooper struck the cab driver with an open hand, then, when arrested, used obscene language and struggled with police.

Magistrate Damian Carroll remanded Hooper on bail with strict conditions including not attending the Toowoomba CBD area between 6pm and 6am daily during the period of remand unless to visit family who live in the CBD area.

Mr Habermann told the court his client now lived in Brisbane and, apart from visiting family, had no real reason to enter Toowoomba's CBD while on remand.

Mr Carroll adjourned Hooper's sentence to the Indigenous Sentencing List in Toowoomba on May 2.


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