Man can't remember punching security guard outside hotel

AN apologetic young man will be absent from three of the main establishments in the CBD for six months after he appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Elliott William Gibb was sentenced earlier this week for one charge of committing public nuisance, related to an incident just before midnight at the Central Lane Hotel late last year.

Gibb was ejected from the hotel at 11.50pm on December 14 when he took matters into his own hands.

Police Prosecutor Emma Bonnyman told the court Gibb had jumped on the back of a security guard and proceeded to punch the guard in the face as he was being removed from the establishment.

A clearly embarrassed Gibb apologised unreservedly for his actions, of which he had no memory.

Magistrate Russell Warfield told Gibb he could not undo his actions, which could have ended much worse.

Gibb avoided a conviction, was fined $650 and banned from Bojangles, The Reef Hotel and Central Lane Hotel for six months.