Attack labelled a brain explosion
AN ABUSIVE Lismore baker who smashed a beer bottle twice into the head of an Evans Head security guard then gouged his eye on Australia Day during ‘a brain explosion’ will spend 100 hours doing unpaid community service work.
Aiden Richards, 20, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to assaulting the security guard causing him bodily harm at 12.40am on January 26; and assaulting the same security guard in the car park at the Evans Head Surf Club.
Richards attacked the guard because the man refused to shake his hand after copping verbal abuse from the drunken apprentice baker.
Magistrate Robyn Denes also placed Richards on an 18-month good behaviour bond supervised by Probation and Parole.
Defence lawyer Steve Bolt said the matter could have been worse and in one sense the victim was lucky in receiving only a cut to his head.
“It was some sort of brain explosion,” Mr Bolt said.
“He (Richards) is confident it won’t happen again.”
Mr Bolt said his client told him he had never become aggressive before when he drank too much.
Ms Denes read out police facts before the court that stated Richards, shirtless and with a tattoo of the stars of the Southern Cross on his back and wearing only board shorts, had been told to stop making noise because of nearby campers sleeping in the adjoining caravan park.
Richards became more aggressive yelling at the guard ‘I’ll come and get you. One on one. I’ll smash you. I’ll smash your moll girlfriend (referring to the female second guard) as well’.
He then threatened the guard with a beer bottle saying, ‘I’ll smash you with this bottle’ before Richards threw it at the guard who stepped out of its path.
Returning with another bottle, Richards tried to apologise to the guard who refused to shake his hand. He then swung the bottle at the guard but missed and when the guard pushed him back towards a fence Richards smashed the bottle down on top of his head, shattering the bottle.
Richards raised his hand again and with the remnants of the smashed bottle hit the guard a second time to the back of his head.
He then put a hand over the guard’s face and gouged the guard’s eye.
Police state Richards spat in the man’s face three times during his attack.
Ms Denes said it was very lucky for Richards that there had been no serious eye injury or glass in the man’s head.
She said people working in the security industry were vulnerable while just doing their job and Richards had to realise other people ‘deserve respect’.