Nightclub horror: Bashed over a place in crowd
HE WAS grossly intoxicated when an argument started over a place in the crowd.
And when the dispute broke out, a drunk Christopher Laurence Hallinan-Jarvis responded with three punches, leaving the man with hideous injuries.
The 28-year-old former Mary Valley league player was sentenced on Wednesday, where Brisbane District Court heard he previously bashed a woman, fracturing her jaw.
Judge David Kent said Hallinan-Jarvis had a "difficult upbringing" and later got in several fights during a previous jail sentence.
Judge Kent said these experiences may have led to "hypervigilance".
A psychologist said Hallinan-Jarvis had developed a "cognitive or behavioural template" for using violence as a means of problem-solving.
"You seem to be a person who resorts to violence when stressed," Judge Kent added.
Hallinan-Jarvis was "grossly intoxicated" during the nightclub incident, the judge added.
The argument was over "a place in the crowd" and the 28-year-old's behaviour was "completely unreasonable", Judge Kent said.
Hallinan-Jarvis was sentenced for committing grievous bodily harm.
The court heard one of his punches caused a serious series of fractures to the other man's eye socket.
Judge Kent said the court had been told there was still hope Hallinan-Jarvis could be rehabilitated.
But the judge added: "The train's leaving the station".
He urged him to address his problems to avoid wasting his life in jail.
Hallinan-Jarvis was jailed for three years but will be released on parole in April 3 next year. -NewsRegional