Teenagers on the dance floor having a good time
Teenagers on the dance floor having a good time

Man ‘grossly intoxicated’ during nightclub attack

A DISABILITY pensioner punched a man in the head on the dancefloor of a Broadbeach nightclub before repeatedly punching a security guard and headbutting a police officer.

The "unprovoked, unexpected and unwarranted" attack left one man unconscious with a broken tooth and swollen eye socket and jaw, another with a swollen face and bruised ribs and the police officer with bruising.

Saul James Adamson, 26, pleaded guilty in the Southport Magistrates Court today to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of serious assault of a police officer.

Prosecutor Chris Freeman told the court of the sudden attack in Liars Bar just after 1.45am on January 3, 2016.

The court heard Saul James Adamson was ‘grossly intoxicated’ at the time of the attack at the Liars Bar in Broadbeach. Picture: Brendan Radke.
The court heard Saul James Adamson was ‘grossly intoxicated’ at the time of the attack at the Liars Bar in Broadbeach. Picture: Brendan Radke.

"The defendant was in a grossly intoxicated state when, on a packed dancefloor, he suddenly attacked the victim," he said.

Mr Freeman said Adamson punched the man in the side of the head hard enough he was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground.

Security tried to stop Adamson but he then attacked the security guard punching him to the face and chest.

Mr Freeman said when police arrived, they managed to restrain Adamson who then headbutted one of the officers before trying to run away.

Police were unable to interview him due his state of intoxication.

In court today Adamson cut an imposing figure, standing well above average height with broad shoulders.

His black hair was in a bun on the top of his head.

Adamson was allowed to walk from the courthouse after being placed on three years probation.

"The reality is you gave him a fair beating," Magistrate Ross Mack said of dancefloor attack.

"It was completely unprovoked, unexpected and unwarranted."

Magistrate Mack said the sentence took into account Adamson's severe case of schizophrenia and made it a condition of Adamson's probation that he not drink and he continue to receive medical treatment.

"The issue is somehow preventing it from happening again," he said.

"He sniffs vanilla essence and he is off."

Adamson's barrister Jeff Hunter, instructed by Moloney MacCallum Abdelshahied Lawyers, told the court Adamson had a severe case of schizophrenia.

He said Adamson was hospitalised between January and August 2015 and was hospitalised again for 16 months from April 2016.

Mr Hunter said Adamson, on the night of the attack, had stopped taking his medication and had been drinking.

Outside court, Adamson's solicitor Troy Smith, of Moloney MacCallum Abdelshahied Lawyers, said Adamson was pleased with the outcome.

"Mr Adamson continues to work with his healthcare professionals and has made very good progress," he said.

"Both he and his family are looking forward to putting this unfortunate event behind them."