BREAKING NEWS: Knox Grammar scholar who acquired off scot free for hitting girl and telling her to ‘put your t**s away’ learns if he should face courtroom once more
- Nicholas Drummond punched a person and girl in Sydney in December 2020
- The 2 victims has been on an evening out on the pub when the incident unfolded
- A choose wiped Drummond’s convictions and known as girl’s shirt ‘provocative’
- Drummond wrote an ‘unconditional apology’ to the sufferer’s of drunken assault
A choose’s controversial determination to erase the assault convictions of a former Knox Grammar scholar is not going to be appealed.
Nicholas Drummond, 21 this month, obtained a 14-month good behaviour bond however was spared conviction after drunkenly punching two folks in Sydney’s decrease north shore in December.
He’d earlier known as one sufferer a s*** and informed her to ‘put your t*** away’, main her to repeatedly confront him.
Nick Drummond (pictured) has issued an apology to the victims of his drunken evening out in December final yr the place he coward punched a person and hit a girl within the face
Above is the outfit a choose described as probably ‘provocative’ earlier than permitting Drummond to stroll with out conviction
The opposite sufferer was hit from behind whereas he was queuing exterior the pub from which Drummond had been ejected.
Choose Sutherland in September discovered the junior soccer coach was remorseful, acted out of character and had suffered a troublesome yr as a consequence of his father’s sickness, his canine’s dying and a relationship breakdown.
He’d additionally heard a suggestion the offender was so overcome emotionally after punching the girl that he’d threatened to leap off a carpark.
In erasing the convictions set by a Hornsby Justice of the Peace, the choose cited a 2012 authorized precedent involving a person caught with 20 tablets of ecstasy at a music competition.
On Wednesday, the Workplace of the Director of Public Prosecutions mentioned it had given shut consideration to the supply of an attraction towards Choose Sutherland’s orders.
Ladies’s well being start-up Ovira parked an enormous billboard out the entrance of Knox Grammar in September in help of the feminine sufferer of a vicious assault from a former scholar
The junior soccer coach and state-league participant known as his feminine sufferer a ‘s**t’ and informed her to place her ‘t*ts away’, earlier than telling her to ‘f*** off’ when she requested for an apology
Such an attraction may solely happen the place the sentencing choose ‘has decided exterior the boundaries of their features and powers, or has completed one thing which they lack energy to do’, a spokeswoman mentioned.
‘The Prosecution Pointers obtainable on the ODPP web site define the related standards to be thought of when figuring out whether or not to lodge an attraction, which embrace whether or not the attraction has an inexpensive prospect of success,’ she mentioned.
‘The Director has been unable to determine any appealable error on this matter. Accordingly, the Director has determined to not attraction.’
Choose Sutherland’s determination, first reported by AAP, sparked widespread outrage and condemnation from anti-violence campaigners.
Consideration was additionally drawn to the choose’s comment that the drunken Drummond had made ‘a lewd and utterly inappropriate comment’ to his feminine sufferer who he did not know ‘however whose costume, by advantage of what’s attributed to him, might need been perceived by a 20-year-old former scholar from Knox to be provocative’.
‘This kind of determination sends a really harmful message to the group and a really permissive message to those that select to make use of home and sexual violence and victim-blaming,’ Rape and Home Violence Providers Australia chief govt Hayley Foster mentioned final week.
The feminine sufferer mentioned the overwhelming public response ‘made me really feel that some kind of justice has been served because it was evident I wasn’t alone.’
Drummond has issued an unconditional public apology to these harm by his actions.
‘I don’t search public forgiveness, however know I should work onerous in direction of incomes a second likelihood in life. No matter I have to do, I’ll try to do it,’ he mentioned in September.