Court hears couch surfing man’s behaviour “beggars belief”

A 21-year-old Cowra man has been given 12 month good behavior bonds at Cowra Local Court.

Tyler James Knudsen of Victor Street was charged with common assault and intimidation intending fear or physical harm.

According to police facts, around 9am on July 19, Knudsen’s victim woke up and went to his kitchen. As he did, he passed Knudsen on the couch having sexual intercourse before returning to his room.

Knudsen then started abusing his victim before slamming the front door, causing a front window to shatter. That afternoon he returned to the residence, demanding a fight with his victim. When his victim said no, Knudsen stood over him and began punching him, hitting him twice in the head.

A witness broke the pair up before Knudsen went to the kitchen, continuing to yell abuse, saying he would “cut the victim” and “knew where the victim’s family lived”.

Around 10.30pm on July 20, Knudsen returned to the residence, asking to speak to his victim. Having been let in, he found his victim asleep on the couch and punched him in the back of the head.

The victim awoke and a verbal argument began before Knudsen continued to assault the victim, striking him a number of times in the head. Police attended shortly after and observed blood coming from the right ear and mouth of the victim, who complained of pain in the back of his head and feeling dizzy.

Knudsen’s solicitor, Greg Bowen, told the court this was his client’s first time before the court and he had overreacted. Mr Bowen said his client was remorseful of his actions.

In sentencing Knudsen, Magistrate Michael O’Brien, said he had resorted to “bovine feudalism” to resolve his issues.

“As an invitee into someone’s home you vented your frustration by force,” he said.

It beggars belief that someone needing somewhere to stay behaved like you did.

Magistrate Michael O'Brien

“It beggars belief that someone needing somewhere to stay behaved like you did and then you came back for more.

“You came before the court with no criminal convictions and now you leave with three.

“Think before you act, you may get upset over others behaviours, you cant control them, you can only control how you behave,” he said.