Former private schoolboy who has become a Wynnum rugby captain breaks off in court after an attack by a taxi driver
Judge tells a schoolboy’s “privileged” ex-private rugby player to “stop sniveling” when he breaks down in court after brutal bashing and racist abuse of a taxi driver
- Aspiring rugby star and team captain escaped prison over taxi driver bashen
- Samuel Ronald Lambourne, 23, received harsh words from the magistrate in court
- CCTV of the December 15 incident in Brisbane was played in court this week
- Repentant Lambourne on trial and community service
A promising rugby star with a “privileged” background sobbed in court before escaping the conviction of a “disgusting and despicable” attack by a taxi driver.
A repentant Samuel Ronald Lambourne, 23, appeared Monday in Wynnum Magistrates Court about the evil bashen in the early hours of December 15.
The court heard that Lambourne and his girlfriend were paying the rate in the suburb of Wynnum in Brisbane, when his credit card fell under the seat.
Samuel Ronald Lambourne (pictured on a photo of a 2019 rugby team) has barely avoided the prison sentence due to the brutal bashing of a taxi driver in Brisbane in December
Assuming his card was stolen, the captain of the reserve class Wynnum District Rugby Union Club released a flurry of blows to the driver in a shocking attack on CCTV, which was played in court.
The wounded driver fled from his vehicle, but was followed by Lambourne, who turned off his turban before shouting racial and homophobic pleas, Quest Newspapers reported.
Lambourne repeatedly sobbed in court and was ordered by Magistrate Zac Sarra to “stop sniveling.”
The driver suffered cuts and bruises during the attack on Wynnum North Road (photo)
The court heard that Lambourne had a “privileged” background after being educated at a private school where he was a prefect and considered an all-round gifted athlete, the publication reported.
Magistrate Sarra said he was considering prison for the “disgusting and despicable” attack.
Instead, he placed Lambourne on a probationary period of 18 months and ordered him to perform community service for 60 hours.
A relieved Lambourne also avoided conviction after telling the court that bashen was “not the person I am.”
Samuel Ronald Lambourne appeared on Monday at Wynnum Magistrates Court (photo)