Free on parole after 'sickening blow'
A MAN who punched another man in the head, dropping him to the ground in an Airlie Beach nightspot, has walked free from court, his prison sentence already served.
Brendan Jake Langan, 19, of Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast, pleaded guilty in Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday to assault occasioning bodily harm in a public place while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, and to obstructing police in a public place while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.
Prosecutor Robert Beamish told the court Langan had twice harassed some women seated at a table at Boom nightclub, including sticking his middle finger up at them, about 12.40am on August 6.
A man at the table stood up and Langan punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground, Mr Beamish said.
The court heard the man suffered swelling and bruising to his lips and chipped teeth.
"This was a sickening blow to the head," Mr Beamish said.
When police found Langan nearby at 1.15am, he ran off down Shute Harbour Rd and got into a taxi, Mr Beamish said.
The court heard police had to forcibly remove Langan from the taxi and force him to the ground to arrest him.
The assault occurred while Langan was on bail for other matters.
Langan's lawyer Antoinette Morgan told the court her client had been walking away from the group when the man stood up and he hit him.
Magistrate Simon Young described the assault as a "gratuitous" one.
"It was unprovoked. He had no reason to lash out as he did," he said.
"These drunken gratuitous acts of violence in a nightclub are a blight on the community."
Mr Young sentenced Langan to 12 months in jail, with parole after three months.
However, as Langan had already been in custody for 106 days awaiting the court appearance he was released on parole immediately.
Mr Young also ordered Langan to do 80 hours of community service for obstructing police.