TABLE Top man William Robert O’Neill was told in court yesterday his behaviour at an Albury nightclub earlier this year was the type that rightly outraged the community.
Magistrate Tony Murray made the comment in Albury Local Court before adding: “This is a really cowardly and unprovoked attack”.
O’Neill, 20, of Carrisbrook Court, pleaded guilty to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of assault.
His sentencing has been deferred until October 1 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
The court was told officers from the Albury police proactive team seized closed circuit footage from two separate incidents at Groove Saint.
The first was about 2.10am on April 7 when more than 200 people were inside the venue.
O’Neill was standing with another man near the edge of the dance floor and watched someone for a short time.
After handing his drink to an associate, O’Neill stepped forward and used both hands to push another man in the back on to the crowded dance floor.
The victim turned to face O’Neill, who headbutted, making contact with the other man’s face.
They grabbed each other and began to wrestle before O’Neill’s associate punched the victim to the stomach with an upper cut.
The victim crouched over to protect himself and O’Neill began throwing a flurry of punches to the back of his head.
Security arrived and the victim was on the floor when O’Neill’s associate began throwing a series of upper cuts at him.
O’Neill and his associate were escorted outside along with the victim.
Closed circuit footage showed O’Neill walking away and looking at the knuckles on his right hand.
Later O’Neill was nearby when he pushed another man in the back forcing him to bump into a police officer.
Another man had received a burst of capsicum spray from police and was totally defenceless when punched by O’Neill to the head and face area.
Security officers grabbed O’Neill and he received some capsicum spray from a senior police officer.
He was arrested, but later released by police pending further investigations.