Knox graduate has convictions erased after punching a woman & calling her a 'slut'

Knox graduate has convictions erased by court after punching a woman & calling her a ‘slut’

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A man who told a woman to “put your tits away” and punched her in the face on a drunken night out on Sydney’s north shore last year, has had his convictions erased the court.

Nicholas Drummond, a graduate of the elite Sydney private boys’ school Knox Grammar, was placed on a bond and convicted of assaulting the woman, as well as a male bystander in July. The convictions were considered “not necessary” by a NSW District Court judge last week.

Drummond pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and destroying property in relation to the night.

According to a report by AAP, he had called the woman a “slut”, told her to put her “tits away”, while they were both at The Greengate Hotel in Killara. After the woman asked for an apology, Drummond told her to “f*** off”.

After encountering each other multiple times at the pub, staff ejected Drummond, who went on to punch a male bystander in the back of the head. When the woman approached him again on a walk to the train station, he punched her in the face, causing injuries. He also destroyed her phone.

The NSW District Court judge Richard Sutherland noted the events of the night were a result of a “loose tongue and loose thoughts” and a background of excessive alcohol use. The judge said the woman’s dress might have been perceived as “provocative”.

“(He made) a lewd and completely inappropriate remark towards someone he didn’t know but whose dress might have been perceived by a former student of Knox to be provocative,” Judge Richard Sutherland said.

The court heard that the 20-year-old had experienced a difficult 2020 involving the death of his dog, a relationship breakdown and the ill health of a family member. He raised concerns in court that convictions to his name would impact his Working With Children’s Check, essential for his work as junior soccer coach.

Judge Sutherland accepted Drummond’s public violence was an aberration, and that his convictions needn’t be recorded. Meanwhile, his mother said “he was a shattered boy”.

A conditional release order was left in place for Drummond, mandating good behaviour for 14 months. Judge Sutherland told Drummond to thank his “lucky stars” and “keep your nose clean”.

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