His lawyer Tom Percy told the court his client had borne no grudge against Mr Joyce. Some of Overheu's family have cut ties with him in the wake of the attack, the court heard. Mr Percy said his client had had "physical and personal difficulties" in recent years, including mental health issues.
He also said some members of Overheu's family had "taken it badly" and cut ties with him. Richard Wainwright Mr Percy said Overheu had tried writing to newspapers and going on talkback radio but had not gotten much traction, so he made "a grave, foolish and significant error of judgement" to go to the breakfast. But he said Overheu — a former farmer — had decided to attack him as "a stance against people in high places using their positions to make political statements". Mr Percy said his client had had "physical and personal difficulties" in recent years, including mental health issues. Mr Percy said Overheu had now been banished from his church — a move which he had taken "very hard" — and had been banned for life from flying with Qantas. Mr Smith granted Overheu a spent conviction, meaning he will not have a criminal record and will not have to disclose the offences to anyone. Some of Overheu's family have cut ties with him in the wake of the attack, the court heard. His lawyer Tom Percy told the court his client had borne no grudge against Mr Joyce. Overheu pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday to a charges of assault and trespass. He told the court his client had expressed significant remorse and had sent letters of apology to the organisations that were affected by his actions. First posted July 07, In addition to the assault and trespass charges, Overheu pleaded guilty to damaging the lapel microphone Mr Joyce was wearing and admitted giving a false name to police after the incident. Spent conviction for 'appalling' attack Magistrate Greg Smith described the attack as "appalling" and said it was designed to humiliate Mr Joyce in front a large group of people. Attack on Qantas CEO by Tony Overheu was "foolish" and "appalling", magistrate says Overheu granted spent conviction after pleading guilty to assault, trespassing Overheu's lawyer says his client has taken being banished from church "very hard" Tony Overheu, 67, went uninvited to a business breakfast at a city hotel in May and shoved the pie in Mr Joyce's face while he was on stage addressing a crowd of about people.
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