Single punch outside pub proves costly
ONE punch can kill and it can also prove costly as Oakey man Parua Matthew Ngatamarik Rairoa found out.
Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard CCTV footage showed the 22-year-old with two mates leaving the Commercial Hotel in Oakey about 11.15pm, December 14, last year.
Rairoa is seen to speak to the victim then punch him to the side of the face.
The man fell to the footpath unconscious, police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson told the court.
The victim was taken to Toowoomba Hospital before being transferred to a Brisbane Hospital for specialist treatment, he said.
Rairoa, a Cook Island national, was eventually arrested on warrant and pleaded guilty yesterday to assault occasioning bodily harm.
His solicitor Ian Dempster said his client had been out with friends that night and that the complainant man was drunk and harassing earlier in the evening.
The complainant had been asked to leave the hotel and his client had been asked to help evict the man, Mr Dempster said.
Later that night, Rairoa had come across the complainant man outside the hotel and words were exchanged and his client had reacted.
Mr Dempster said his client had no previous history of violence, was remorseful, had co-operated with police and offered $5000 compensation to the victim.
Due to his client's employment and travel plans, Mr Dempter asked that the conviction not be recorded.
Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck suggested Rairoa in future stay away from drunks at hotels.
He fined the 22-year-old $1000 and ordered he make compensation of $5000 with no conviction recorded.