TABLE Top man William Robert O’Neill was yesterday fined more than $2500 and put on a 12-month bond over two assaults committed in April.
O’Neill, 20, of Carrisbrook Court, pleaded guilty in August to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of assault.
Magistrate Tony Murray said when ordering a pre-sentence report on O’Neill that they were cowardly and unprovoked attacks.
O’Neill was told his behaviour at an Albury nightclub was the type that rightly outraged the community.
Solicitor Mark Cronin said in Albury Local Court yesterday the report on O’Neill was positive.
“There is no doubt that alcohol played a significant part in his behaviour,” he said.
He said O’Neill had headbutted one man, assaulted another by pushing him and inflicted one blow to a third man.
Magistrate Megan Greenwood said the victim of the headbutt suffered serious bruising to his eye sockets.
“The community is sick and tired of this alcohol-fuelled offending,” she said.
O’Neill was put on a 12-month bond and fined $1100 on the assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge.
He was fined $770 on each of the other two charges.
O’Neill was inside Groove Saint about 2.10am on April 7 when more than 200 people were at the venue.
He 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 him.
They grabbed each other and began to wrestle before O’Neill’s associate punched the victim to the stomach.
Security arrived and the victim was on the floor when O’Neill’s associate began throwing a series of upper cuts at him.
Later O’Neill was nearby when he pushed another man forcing him to bump into a police officer.
Another man had received capsicum spray from police and was defenceless when punched by O’Neill to the head and face.