Frenchman charged with stabbing security guard
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.