Lakelands man pleads not guilty to attacking Uber driver

 Court: Mathew John Day pleaded not guilty to attacking the victim. Photo: File image.
Court: Mathew John Day pleaded not guilty to attacking the victim. Photo: File image.

A 26-year-old Lakelands man pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday to punching an Uber driver multiple times in the back of the head in an alleged unprovoked attack after Saint Patrick's Day celebrations.

Prosecuting sergeant Sean Discombe alleged in the Mandurah Magistrates Court the 35-year-old victim picked up Mathew John Day and two others from the Brighton Hotel about 1.50am on March 18, and drove them towards Lakelands.

He said Mr Day asked to be driven to McDonald's about 15-minutes into the journey.

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Then “for no apparent reason”, Mr Day removed the glasses from the victims face and punched the victim in the back of the head numerous times, Mr Discombe alleged.

The victim was treated at Peel Health Campus for cuts and bruising to his head.

Mr Discombe said prosecution had about eight witnesses for trial.

Defence lawyer Chad Silver said Mr Day had three witnesses.

Mr Day was scheduled for trial in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on May 29, 2018.

His bail was extended with a condition not to enter any licensed premise or drive in an Uber.