Teen’s immature attack leaves security fearing for life
AN ANXIOUS wait for blood test results impacted a Sunshine Coast security guard's life and relationship after a drunk teenager gave him a serious health scare with one immature decision.
It took three months for the Post Office Bar guard to be cleared of HIV or any serious disease after Breeanna Leigh Clarke bit him on the hand while being dragged out of the nightclub for fighting on September 1.
After dressing down to prison overalls and being kept locked up for one day, the 19-year-old said the "life changing" night was enough for her to never fight again.
The brawl leading up to the assault offence on the security guard was captured on CCTV footage just before midnight and showed Clarke retaliate after a woman pushed her friend.
The women scuffled, shoving each other violently, before security guards physically restrained the pair.
The fight, which started over "gossip", was not over in Clarke's mind as she was seen on the footage repeatedly trying to get at the other woman.
"She continues to be the main aggressor even when the fight is over and her back is turned," police prosecutor Nichale Bool said.
The victim security guard took Clarke outside where she bit him twice on the hand, drawing blood, for about one minute.
"I understand my role as a security guard has dangers, but I am not expected to be assaulted while I am working," his victim impact statement stated.
The teenager had to be cuffed and forced into the police car in her "aggressive and intoxicated state".
Clarke, who was supported in court by her parents, tarnished her clean criminal history by pleading guilty at court on Friday to assault occasioning bodily harm, creating a disturbance in a licensed premise and obstructing a police officer.
The assault was the second attack carried out by a drunk, young woman processed through Maroochydore Magistrates Court in two days.
Defence lawyer Craig Pratt endured a similar incident in his pre-lawyer days as a security guard and did not want to trivialise the victim's hardship.
"I know what it's like … and we admit what she has done," Mr Pratt said.
He said Clarke's drunken state was heightened by medication and she was in pain from the guard's hold when she bit down on his hand.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said her demeanour was self-intoxication.
"I'm speechless about how this started … gossip … everyone in the world gets offended these days," he said.
"It's a senseless way for a dispute to start."
Mr Stjernqvist said the security guard was in his rights to remove her and did not deserve to be "emotionally traumatised".
Clarke was fined $1200 and ordered to pay $300 compensation to the guard.
No convictions were recorded.