The night club attack was totally over the top, a judge said.
The night club attack was totally over the top, a judge said. Santeri Viinamki/CreativeCommons

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  



Sunday's knee jerk reaction: Coffs Coast weekend sport

Sunday's knee jerk reaction: Coffs Coast weekend sport

Get the weekend scores and find what was good, bad and ugly in sport

Ky on a winning high at Aussies

Ky on a winning high at Aussies

Kinsela part of big victory at Australian Surf Life Saving Champs.

Tourism awards back on Coffs Coast

Tourism awards back on Coffs Coast

Opal Cove will host the North Coast Tourism Awards on July 25

Local Partners