GC man jailed over tavern attack a year after being acquitted of murder

A Gold Coast man has been sentenced to 12 months behind bars less than a year after he was  acquitted of murder.

Christopher Cairns appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning, where he pleaded guilty to charges of assault occasioning bodily harm and going armed to cause fear after punching a man at a Helensvale tavern in March.

The 27-year-old was acquitted of the 2012 murder of nightclub promoter Tumara Cousins in a Supreme Court trial in February.


Cousins plunged to his death from his unit at the Beachcomber Resort in Surfers Paradise on May 11, 2012.

Cairns was today sentenced to 12 months jail for the tavern assault, however will be eligible for parole on February 18 next year.