IT is little wonder that Albury man Kyle Aiden Kolstad cannot remember assaulting another man in an unprovoked attack this year.
His drinking binge before the incident was outlined in police facts tendered in Albury Local Court yesterday.
Kolstad, 21, of Macauley Street, shared a slab of beer with a friend at the friend’s house on April 6.
They then went to the Star Hotel where they consumed four cocktails. They then had more to drink at Paddy’s bar and later continued their night out at the Groove Saint nightclub.
There was an fight inside the nightclub and, after the participants were ejected, there was another confrontation outside.
After the second fight, Kolstad threw a punch that hit a bystander in the face and head.
Kolstad yesterday pleaded guilty to affray and assault.
His solicitor, Andrea MacDonald, said: “He hit the wrong person”.
“It is a difficult situation when a person has no memory of the night,” she said.
“My client comes to the scene somewhat later than the others.”
Ms MacDonald said Kolstad had decided to plead guilty to the charges after seeing closed-circuit footage of his actions.
Magistrate Tony Murray said if there was an offence of stupidity, this would be a classic example.
He said the person Kolstad punched had played no part in the incident.
Kolstad was put on 12-month bonds and fined $400 each for the offences.
The incident inside the nightclub happened about 2.10am on April 7 and there was another incident outside soon after the participants were ejected.
Kolstad ran from inside the hotel, out an exit door and pushed past security.
He threw a right-hand punch which connected with the left side of a bystander’s face.
Later, he was identified and police spoke to him. Kolstad told them he was sticking up for a mate.
Police obtained on April 8 the closed-circuit footage from inside and outside the hotel.
Officers spoke to him five days later and Kolstad said he could not remember what had happened.
He was shown the footage and identified himself.
Police said what he did was violent and unlawful.