Showgirl bum grab 'a case of mistaken identity'
MAGISTRATE Damian Carroll has told a 22-year-old man to stay away from a Toowoomba strip club after fining him for a disturbance at The Vault on Ruthven.
Trent Taylor Mark Adams fronted Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday where it was alleged he grabbed the buttocks of a showgirl on April 5.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Natalie Bugden said City Safe CCTV operators directed police to a disturbance in front of the club about 12.30am.
Snr Const. Bugden said Adams had been drinking at a main bar area with friends when he grabbed a showgirl on the buttocks as she walked past.
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She said the woman made it clear the behaviour was unacceptable and tried to attract the attention of security staff.
The court heard the woman then grabbed Adams on his shirt and started taking him towards the doors of the venue.
Snr Const. Bugden said Adams bit the hand of the showgirl while others in his group obstructed security and incited him to struggle.
Once outside, Adams was said to have abused security staff before crossing Ruthven St and walking away.
Police followed him before he was handcuffed and taken to Toowoomba watchhouse for trying to break free from an officer's grip.
Defence solicitor Dan Habermann argued his client had not grabbed the showgirl, saying the incident was born out of mistaken identity.
Mr Habermann said his client's girlfriend was among the group of friends at the club.
"He wasn't going to do that in front of his girlfriend," Mr Habermann said.
The biting claim was also disputed.
"He doesn't seem to think that happened either."
Mr Habermann said his client was very embarrassed about the arrest, considering he was employed in a position of responsibility at the Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Corporation.
Mr Carroll accepted Adams had not been the person to grab the showgirl.
"Arguably, you could say if you hadn't been wrongly accused, you wouldn't be here today," Mr Carroll said.
He fined Adams $1000 and did not record a conviction.
"Don't go back to The Vault," Mr Carroll said.