French­man charged with stab­bing se­cu­rity guard

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

BRUNO Robert Mar­cel Bas­tard was sen­tenced to a 12month prison term, sus­pended for 18 months, and or­dered to pay $1200 for pain, suf­fer­ing and med­i­cal com­pen­sa­tion, af­ter stab­bing an Air­lie Beach se­cu­rity guard with a pair of scis­sors on July 14.

On Mon­day, the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court was told that on July 13 at 8pm, Bas­tard at­tempted to en­ter Mag­nums Ho­tel in Air­lie Beach, with­out footwear or iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

At 1am the fol­low­ing morn­ing, the 30-year-old French­man again at­tempted to en­ter, via a side ac­cess, still with­out ID.

He re­turned five min­utes later with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion but at 2am, he and his com­pan­ions came to the at­ten­tion of se­cur- ity guards for their behaviour, which in­volved two girls danc­ing on the pool ta­ble.

The court was told that Bas­tard pushed a se­cu­rity guard in the back, be­fore a ver­bal al­ter­ca­tion erupted with an­other man.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said Bas­tard and a woman ap­proached a ta­ble and be­gan throw­ing glasses.

She said Bas­tard struck the se­cu­rity guard in the ster­num five times with a pair of scis­sors he gen­er­ally used to cut strings on home­made bracelets.

The se­cu­rity guard also sus­tained in­juries to his side and ear and was left with blood drip­ping through his shirt and beard.

Pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence of the in­juries were pre­sented to the court.

Duty lawyer An­toinette Mor­ton said Bas­tard did not re­mem­ber get­ting the scis­sors out of his pocket.

The French na­tional, who has been in Aus­tralia for 12 months, was ini­tially charged with un­law­fully wound­ing an­other, but this was down­graded to a charge of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said th­ese were “very, very se­ri­ous facts, where you’ve stabbed the vic­tim sev­eral times”.

Bas­tard had been held in pre-sen­tence cus­tody for a to­tal of 41 days prior to Mon­day’s sit­ting at the Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court.

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