'Drunk yobbo': Coast PT to pay 'coward punch' victim compo
A FORMER Sunshine Coast personal trainer has been ordered to pay compensation to the victim of his 'coward punch' in a random attack at the Coolum Beach Surf Club.
Adam Paul McGough pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm, public nuisance and two counts of stealing.
The most serious offence being on November 10 about 11.55pm.
After sinking a few beverages at his local, the court was told McGough left the pub through the back entrance and walked through the carpark.
McGough tried to strike up a conversation with a woman, but it was cut short when she called out for her boyfriend.
The boyfriend walked over and McGough asked him if he "had a problem". The man said he didn't and started to roll a smoke.
But he didn't get to light it because in a split-second McGough punched the man in the face.
The victim fell back and cried "what the hell was that for?", all the while McGough was burring himself up for a fight; jumping around with his hands in front of his face saying, "come on, what are you going to do about it?".
Staff and security tried to intervene but McGough took off before the police arrived.
The court was told McGough was fired from his PT job after police came to his workplace a week later to inform him of the search warrant they were about to execute at his house.
Police were looking for the clothes McGough was seen wearing in CCTV footage the night of the assault. When the outfit was found he was arrested.
A statement written by the victim said he suffered a bruised zygoma (the bony arch below the orbit of the skull), for about four days and had trouble eating.
Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said the attack could be described as a "king hit" or "coward punch" given the victim had no time to defend himself.
Mr McLaughlin compared McGough to a "drunk yobbo" and lectured him of the dangers of alcohol-fuelled violence.
"It's just a role of the dice whether you kill someone," he said.
Mr McLaughlin ordered McGough to pay $500 compensation to the victim, fined him $200 for the minor stealing offences and ordered he pay $63 restitution.
He was also ordered to complete 120 hours of community service in six months.