Topics:  assault, cocktails nightclub, court

Suspended prison term for attack on bouncer

A MAN who king-hit a bouncer outside an Ipswich nightclub has been given a suspended prison term.

Kyle James Mace, 23, thought his brother was being assaulted inside Cocktails nightclub on Brisbane St on October 27 last year but it was after lockout, and security would not let him in.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Mace started struggling with the security manager and then punched him in the head.

In doing so he smashed the victim's glasses into his face and caused a laceration and swelling.

When police arrived Mace said he'd "accidentally" hit the victim but Safe City camera footage showed Mace wilfully throwing a punch at the man.

It showed Mace trying to hit the victim a second time but missing his target.

He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, and was sentenced to six months prison, wholly suspended for 15 months.

He was also ordered to pay $370 restitution to the security manager to fix his glasses.

Magistrate Michael Quinn said security officers "weren't employed to be a punching bag for people like you".

"You seem to have absolutely no insight into your behaviour," Mr Quinn said.

"You continue to drink and pose a real risk to the community.

"A deterrent penalty needs to be imposed to protect the community."

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Mace was genuinely concerned for his brother's welfare.

"He thought his brother was being assaulted; the bouncer intervened and unfortunately got caught in the middle," Mr Fairclough said.



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