A man believed to have bikie gang links has been
granted bail over the bashing of a Gold Coast lifeguard last
Liborio Di Vita, 35, appeared in
Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with assault
occasioning bodily harm following the May 21 incident at North
Police say Mr Di Vita, who is believed to be a
member of the Black Uhlans outlaw motorcycle gang, assaulted
lifeguard Phil Gregory after he told Mr Di Vita's girlfriend not
to walk a dog through a red and yellow flagged patrol area.
It's alleged Mr Di Vita confronted Mr Gregory
shortly after being informed by his upset girlfriend of the
incident, shouting at him before slapping him to the ground.
Police say he then punched Mr Gregory as he
lay on the ground and kicked sand in his face before leaving the
scene and heading to a gym.
Mr Gregory was left with facial injuries
including a cut around his left eye.
In granting bail, Magistrate Brian Kilmartin
set down the conditions that Mr Di Vita must report daily to
police and is banned from Burleigh beaches.
Calling the attack "cowardly", Mr Kilmartin
also fined Mr Di Vita $200 after he failed to appear for a
scheduled mention of the case on Tuesday.
Mr Di Vita claimed he had a stomach virus that
prevented him attending court but had handed himself in to
police after an arrest warrant was issued.
Outside the court, Mr Di Vita's lawyer said
his client didn't accept the allegations against him.