The offender was known to police and was arrested for public nuisance.
The offender was known to police and was arrested for public nuisance. Trevor Veale

'Distressing' behaviour at Coolum park days before assault

IN THE wake of a sickening assault against a child at Coolum earlier this month, details have emerged about a separate incident at the same park that ended in a citizens' arrest.

A concerned local, who wished to remain anonymous, contacted the Sunshine Coast Daily about the distressing behaviour of a man at Tickle Park in December.

"A large, young male was extremely drunk and harassing a number of people in the park," the person said.

"He approached myself and one-year-old son, a lady showering, an Asian female, elderly citizens amongst others, and then proceeded to the skate park where he appeared to be harassing young children."

As a mental health professional, the anonymous person said they were "extremely concerned" the man would become violent and called emergency services.

"I also noticed another lady calling and she confirmed she was also contacting the police, as she 'couldn't live with herself if she read about something terrible in the newspaper in the morning'," the person said.

The man reportedly made aggressive racial comments to a Muslim couple, before physically assaulting the man.

The concerned citizen said after witnessing the harassment, five men ran to the scene and restrained the offender.

"I believe the community should be commended for their efforts in this situation and [for] not tolerating this despicable behaviour," the person said.

The anonymous person said police arrived about 20-25 minutes later and dismissed the group's request to make statements.

Coolum Police Sergeant Ben Cox said the offender was known to police and was arrested for public nuisance.

He said the incident was not connected to the recent assault on January 4.



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