Two guilty of assault on women and baby

TWO  women and a baby were attacked with a replica gun and a log in a case of mistaken identity, the Launceston Supreme Court has heard.

Trent Terrence Hill, 20, of Launceston, and Jack Clarence Bielski, 22, yesterday pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and criminal code assault. 

The court heard the victims, including a 19-month-old child, had driven to Punchbowl Reserve at 9pm on December 10, 2012.

Once there the women heard an aggressive voice call out before Hill emerged from the bushes holding the fake chrome pistol at the car. 

 As the terrified women went to drive off Bielski ran at the car and hit the windscreen with a log, breaking the perspex in the process. 

``We were really scared . . . I just kept driving until we got to the police station,'' one of the victims said in a statement. 

The offenders were picked up by police later that night at Invermay. 

Crown prosecutor Virginia Jones said the women suffered anxiety and were left wondering why they'd been targeted that night.

Bielski's defence counsel, Grant Tucker, described it as ``unfortunately a case of mistaken identity''.

He said his client's grandfather had been assaulted just prior to the incident prompting Bielski to return to Launceston.

Here he organised to meet the two men who apparently assaulted his grandfather in the reserve and enlisted Hill to help him scare them with a replica gun.

The duo began drinking that afternoon where Hill was handed the pistol, his defence counsel Adrian Hall said. 

The court heard the victims did not suffer any physical injuries.

Mr Grant said the car the victims were in was similar to the vehicle driven by the men the offenders planned to meet. 

Justice Robert Pearce remanded the men on bail for sentencing on February 27. 

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