Stock market salesman who lost his $200,000-a-year job and moved into a hostel sexually assaulted a backpacker before masturbating in front of a family enjoying a picnic
- A British backpacker was assaulted by a salesman high on LSD a court has heard
- The man had gone to a Gold Coast beach with the group in December 2020
- Samuel Nathan Sandford plead guilty to sexual assault on Tuesday
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 Budd’s Beach at Surfers Paradise with a group from the backpackers on the afternoon of December 5 last year.
He put is 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.
The former stock market salesman had gone to Budds Beach at the Gold Coast (pictured) with a group from the backpackers where he was staying
However, he grabbed her breast again and then her leg as she tried to push him off – prompting her friends to step in and pull her away from him.
She told the court after the assault he 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 he resisted arrest and was pepper sprayed.
In a victim impact statement to 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.
His defence lawyer said her client lost his $200,000-a-year job when his stock market 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 (stock image)
In Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday Sandford plead 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 compensate the British woman to the tune of more than $2,000 and was placed on probation for two years.