Jail warning comes true after pub attack
A WARNING from a judge in 2013 came true for Troy Nathan Reed when he was jailed for punching a woman at a Noosa bar.
The 36-year-old hugged his partner before being taken from Maroochydore District Court yesterday after being sentenced for the incident at Sogo Bar in October 2014.
Judge Gary Long said Reed had been playing "some sort of game" with associates by holding closed a door at the pub shortly after midnight when some other patrons told him they wanted to leave.
Reed was asked three more times to move out of the way before one of the group got past him and through the exit.
Reed used derogatory language towards a 26-year-old woman as she passed him, which prompted her to ask him to repeat what he had said.
He repeated the remark and she slapped his face with an open hand.
The court heard Reed dared the woman to slap him again but she refused until he repeated the derogatory insult.
She slapped him again and he responded by punching her in the left side of her jaw.
Judge Long noted Reed's history included being sentenced to 12 months in prison with immediate parole in the same court in 2013 for an assault outside a Noosaville pub.
At the time, he was warned that if he came before the court again for a similar offence, he would go to jail.
Reed was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended after two months.