BREAKING NEWS: Knox Grammar student who got off scot free for hitting woman and telling her to ‘put your t**s away’ learns if he will have to face court again
- Nicholas Drummond punched a man and woman in Sydney in December 2020
- Drummond wrote an ‘unconditional apology’ to the victim’s of drunken attack
A judge’s controversial decision to erase the assault convictions of a former Knox Grammar student will not be appealed.
Nicholas Drummond, 21 this month, received a 14-month good behaviour bond but was spared conviction after drunkenly punching two people in Sydney’s lower north shore in December.
He’d earlier called one victim a slut and told her to ‘put your tits away’, leading her to repeatedly confront him.
Nick Drummond (pictured) has issued an apology to the victims of his drunken night out in December last year where he coward punched a man and hit a woman in the face
Above is the outfit a judge described as potentially ‘provocative’ before allowing Drummond to walk without conviction
The other victim was hit from behind while he was queuing outside the pub from which Drummond had been ejected.
Judge Sutherland in September found the junior soccer coach was remorseful, acted out of character and had suffered a difficult year due to his father’s illness, his dog’s death and a relationship breakdown.
He’d also heard a suggestion the offender was so overcome emotionally after punching the woman that he’d threatened to jump off a car park.
In erasing the convictions set by a Hornsby magistrate, the judge cited a 2012 legal precedent involving a man caught with 20 tablets of ecstasy at a music festival.
On Wednesday, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said it had given close consideration to the availability of an appeal against Judge Sutherland’s orders.
Women’s health start-up Ovira parked a huge billboard out the front of Knox Grammar in September in support of the female victim of a vicious attack from a former student
The junior soccer coach and state-league player called his female victim a ‘s**t’ and told her to put her ‘t*ts away’, before telling her to ‘f*** off’ when she asked for an apology
Such an appeal could only occur where the sentencing judge ‘has made a decision outside the limits of their functions and powers, or has done something which they lack power to do’, a spokeswoman said.
‘The Prosecution Guidelines available on the ODPP website outline the relevant criteria to be considered when determining whether to lodge an appeal, which include whether the appeal has a reasonable prospect of success,’ she said.
‘The Director has been unable to identify any appealable error in this matter. Accordingly, the Director has decided not to appeal.’
Judge Sutherland’s decision, first reported by AAP, sparked widespread outrage and condemnation from anti-violence campaigners.
Attention was also drawn to the judge’s remark that the drunken Drummond had made ‘a lewd and completely inappropriate remark’ to his female victim who he didn’t know ‘but whose dress, by virtue of what is attributed to him, might have been perceived by a 20-year-old former student from Knox to be provocative’.
‘This sort of decision sends a very dangerous message to the community and a very permissive message to those who choose to use domestic and sexual violence and victim-blaming,’ Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia chief executive Hayley Foster said last week.
The female victim said the overwhelming public response ‘made me feel that some sort of justice has been served as it was evident I wasn’t alone.’
Drummond has issued an unconditional public apology to those hurt by his actions.
‘I do not seek public forgiveness, but know I will have to work hard towards earning a second chance in life. Whatever I need to do, I will strive to do it,’ he said in September.