Not the best day at the beach for anybody concerned….
The Daily Mail reports…A stock market salesman who lost his $200,000-a-year job and moved into backpackers accommodation groped a fellow guest then masturbated in front of a family on a picnic while he was high on LSD.
A Gold Coast court has heard Samuel Nathan Sandford had gone to Budds Beach at Surfers Paradise with a group from the backpackers hostel on the afternoon of December 5 last year.
He put his hand under the shirt of a British backpacker who was part of the group and grabbed her breast, to which she said: ‘That is not okay. I can laugh at a lot of things but that is not okay,’ the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.
She told the court after he then took off his pants and began to masturbate in front of a nearby family having a picnic, then kicked a passing car, damaged another car, and tried to climb a tree but fell out.
When police later arrived at the backpackers accommodation Sandford resisted arrest and was pepper sprayed.
In a victim impact statement to the court, the British backpacker said she had always felt safe in Australia before the incident.
‘Although I am strong enough to be okay afterwards, I will never forget how one person’s actions have been able to impact on my life,’ she said.
Sandford’s defence lawyer said her client lost his $200,000-a-year job when his stockmarket sales firm shut down in 2020 and had to move into the backpackers.
She added he had also consumed LSD before his erratic behaviour at the beach.
His defence lawyer said he consumed LSD before his erratic behaviour
In Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday Sandford pleaded guilty to sexual assault, wilful damage, indecent act in a public place, and obstructing police.
Sandford was sentenced to 12 months jail suspended after 39 days – which he had already served awaiting his court appearance.
Magistrate Cameron McKenzie called his actions ‘appalling behaviour and a breach of trust of someone you knew and in particular someone you knew to be a backpacker and a visitor to this country’.
He was also ordered to pay the woman more than $2,000 in compensation and was placed on probation for two years.