A former security guard pleaded guilty in Mackay District Court to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. 28-year-old Jesse Street fractured the jaw of a man who shouted the slurs, ‘poofter’ and ‘f____t’ at him.
The incident occurred in Airlie Beach on the former security guard’s night off. On February 25, 2021, Jesse Street wore a glow stick through his ear on a night out.
While partying at one of Airlie Beach’s infamous backpacker clubs, he heard a man yelling homophobic slurs at him. The man called him a ‘poofter’ and a ‘f____t’.
After leaving the club, Jesse Street and the man encountered each other outside. Still angry because of the earlier slurs, Street punched the man before friends separated the pair.
However, as Street walked away, the other man began shouting after him. Jesse Street turned around, went back and punched the man to the ground.
Crown prosecutor Samantha O’Rourke said the victim’s injuries required surgery.
“[He] suffered fractures and swelling to the jaw needing surgery to have plates and screws inserted.
“If left untreated, it would have led to a significant deformity and malocclusion leading to an impaired ability to speak or even swallow.”
Jesse Street’s defence barrister said that following the assault he moved to the Sunshine Coast. He stopped working as a security guard in the expectation his security licence would be revoked as a result of the incident.
He also offered a payment of $5000 to help cover the victim’s medical costs.
Judge Julie Dick acknowledged Street’s remorse but said he could not ‘buy his way out of jail’.
She sentenced Jesse Street to two years in prison with immediate parole and ordered that he pay the $5000 to the victim.
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