Footballer and wannabe gangster's 'disgusting' attack
HE was once a crowd favourite for his ability to make opposing players look stupid.
But on Friday, disgraced soccer player Nicolas "Niko” Bechar was the one ridiculed, as a judge dubbed the Frenchman a fake gangster.
Bechar was sentenced after punching an engaged woman 10 times in the face when she spurned his advances.
The former Sunshine Coast Fire player was sentenced at Brisbane District Court for what Judge William Everson called a cowardly, disgusting, and "primitive” attack.
After a night out at Fortitude Valley's GPO Hotel, the 28-year-old persuaded a woman to let him give her a lift about 5am.
He then propositioned her, but she declined his advances and showed her engagement ring.
Bechar punched her, she begged him to stop, but he continued, hitting her at least 10 times in the face.
The woman had an eye socket fracture and needed surgery after the August 2016 attack.
Bechar, who moved to Surfers Paradise and played for Redlands United FC after his spell with the Fire, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm.
And on Friday, the court heard of a separate incident that landed the soccer player in strife.
Judge Everson said a security guard approached Bechar after he was seen "mistreating a woman” by pulling her hair.
Bechar responded by saying: "You really don't know who I am?”
The footballer lifted his shirt and showed what appeared to be a firearm.
It was a replica.
"Does he go to nightclubs and pretend to be a gangster or something?” Judge Everson asked.
The judge said that "bizarre and ridiculous” incident led to Bechar being fined $1500 last September.
For his assault on the woman, Bechar was jailed for 18 months but the sentence was wholly suspended.
The court heard Bechar would likely be deported, and had been in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
Bechar's defence counsel Daniel Caruana said his client reported island detainees were self-harming and crying at night.
The footballer had spent 359 days in custody.
Bechar left the courtroom and went to an adjacent room before Serco staff escorting him took him away.
Border Force was approached for comment. -NewsRegional