Drugged attacker grabs crotch, hurls trolley, smashes face

ECSTASY use has been blamed for a disgusting attack in which a woman was grabbed in the crotch, another hit with a shopping trolley and a man's cheek and eye socked smashed with a fist.

The series of events took place on Horton Pde, Maroochydore in the early hours of August 7 last year, when Cameron Nathan Chant came across a group of people outside the TAFE building, metres from the Ocean St night spot.

Yesterday in Maroochydore Magistrates Court the 25-year-old scaffolder pleaded guilty to assaulting three people.

Police prosecution legal officer Beth Kennedy said Chant approached a woman, grabbed at her bottom and between the legs.

"She told him that was inappropriate and not to do it again, but the defendant has grabbed her in the same place and stated 'What are you going to do about it?'," Ms Kennedy said.

Chant's friend stepped in, but when two men from the group approached him, Ms Kennedy said, he shouted abuse and picked up and threw a shopping trolley, which hit another woman nearby, knocking her to the ground.

He threw his arms around, ripped his shirt off and punched a man - who was kneeling on the ground to help another man who had been struck - in the head, inflicting a severe injury to his cheek and eye socket.

Defence barrister Isaac Munsie said Chant realised he had a problem and sought counselling immediately after the incident.

He said Chant started taking ecstasy in small amounts at a music festival in 2016 but had taken more than usual the night of the assaults, and it had a bad affect on him.

"He's ashamed for his conduct," Mr Munsie said.

"Obviously the interaction he had with the young lady was disgraceful; he accepted that."

Magistrate Rod Madsen said the victims of Chant's violence suffered severe injury and distress, and the sexual assault likely had an emotional impact on the woman involved.

The man who suffered what Mr Madsen described as a Coward Punch, had surgical plates implanted into his face to treat his cheek and eye socket fractures.

Chant agreed to pay compensation to the three victims, and provide them with letters of apology he wrote in November, but had not sent.

Mr Madsen adjourned the court for compensation arrangements to be made.

It is expected he will sentence Chant today.


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