Stab Magazine | Daniel 'Tomo' Thomson's Father Found Guilty In Surf Assault Case

Daniel ‘Tomo’ Thomson’s Father Found Guilty In Surf Assault Case

Mark Andrew Thomson faces a possible five-year sentence.

news // Jul 20, 2019
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Mark Andrew Thomson, the surf mat rider accused of assaulting former professional Jodie Cooper, has been found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The assault took place in September of 2018 during a crowded session at Lennox Head, NSW, after Thomson burned Cooper and became angry after being called out. He proceeded to attack Cooper, only ceasing when she feigned unconsciousness in an effort to avoid further injury.

Thomson’s initial legal gambit consisted of the argument that the incident was a ‘maritime collision’, therefore making it a matter for maritime services. When that proved ineffective, he proceeded to claim ignorance.


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The victim, and ex-professional surfer, Ms. Jodie Cooper.


From ABC News:

Mr. Thomson told the court he was shocked when he felt a severe impact in the middle of his back and had no idea what hit him.

“There was an unknown entity under the water trying to grab and pull me,” he said. “I was in shock, I was in pain, I was injured.”

Mr. Thomson agreed he apologised to Ms. Cooper after the incident.

“I think I said sorry I thought you were attacking me,” he said.

The magistrate said Mr. Thomson’s story lacked credibility.

Mr. Thomson faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. His sentence will be handed down next month.


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