Falling down on the town
The chief beancounter of the listed IT security concern Nexbis Limited, Peter Dykes, had more than a hangover to deal with following a big night at the Cross.
Dykes, 40, was slapped with a 12-month good behaviour bond this week, after a magistrate in the Downing Centre Local Court said his conduct in an incident that involved a taxi driver was "appalling".
According to police, Dykes was with some companions on Bayswater Road at Kings Cross on April 29 when they hailed a taxi to take him back to the Westin hotel on Pitt Street.
On the way, the taxi driver had to push the heavily intoxicated Dykes, slumping from side to side, into an upright position.
The cabbie was concerned that Dykes could lean on him and cause the taxi to collide with another car. When the taxi arrived at the Westin, the driver, Muhammad Iqbal, tried to open the passenger door and wake Dykes.
Police say Dykes then walked off without paying the $12.55 fare.He slapped the driver, who attempted to get him to pay the fare, and tried to strike the driver several more times. Police arrived at 1.40am to find Dykes lying on the ground. He was apprehended and put in a caged police vehicle.
An ambulance was then called and Dykes was sent to hospital for observation. The next day he refused an electronic interview because he did "not remember anything about the night".
Nexbis's chief executive, Johann Young, offered a character reference, but said Dykes would have to resign from the company if convicted. The bond means Dykes has escaped any criminal conviction and will keep his job, which last year paid him $405,850 (including a $250,000 bonus).
Nexbis was formerly known as Entertainment, Media & Telecoms Corporation and listed by Tricom Equities in April 2000. The company's mission statement in its last annual report: "Our vision is to become a trusted partner to governments worldwide in their pursuit to create a safer world for their citizens."
At least it had some good news on Friday when Standard & Poor's said the company would be included in the S&P/ASX 300 Index from late this month.