Dad sentenced for alcohol-fueled attack on bouncer
A father's cowardly one-punch attack on a Townsville bouncer was caught clear as day on CCTV.
The footage, which was played in the Townsville Magistrates Court shows, Tyron Auda, 26, approach a bouncer from behind and throw a punch which knocked the security officer off his feet.
Auda faced the Townsville Magistrates court in September where he pleaded guilty to
assault occasioning bodily harm while in company.
Prosecutor Tim Madsen said Auda was drinking at the Mad Cow Tavern on May 1, 2019 when a member of his group was asked to leave.
This request led to an argument between the group and security as bouncers tried to remove the woman from the club.
Amid this struggle Auda was asked to leave also.
As the security team removed the woman from the club, Auda who was waiting at the exit positioned himself behind a bouncer and swung a punch at a bouncer.
Mr Madsen said the security guard would not have seen Auda's "king-hit" coming.
The bouncer suffered a blood nose and bruising.
"This is an example of public violence," Mr Madsen said.
Defence lawyer Jacquelyn Zeller said Auda was exposed to his father's excessive alcohol use growing up.
Ms Zeller said her client was a father of two children, one of which he cares for full time.
She said Auda was in Townsville to attend the funeral of his sister who passed away in a fatal car crash.
"He did act in rage which was fueled by alcohol," she said.
Ms Zeller the combination of losing his sister, the fight with the bouncers and the medication he was on contributed toward his rage.
Magistrate Ross Mack rejected the claim that Auda had been drinking as part of the cultural tradition Sorry Business.
He instead described his intoxication as "self indulgence".
"He didn't react, he acted," Magistrate Mack said.
"He is no stranger to violence.
"The community is sick and tired of fortuitous violence in the nightclub area you need to know if you engage in violence you are most likely to be sentenced to terms of imprisonment."
Magistrate Mack sentenced him to nine month prison wholly suspended.
A conviction was recorded.
Originally published as Dad sentanced for alcohol-fueled attack on bouncer