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A man was fined $10,000 for shouting ‘I’m going to kill you f**got’

A man was fined $10,000 for shouting ‘I’m going to kill you f**got’

ARQ Nightclub Sydney

A New South Wales man has been fined AU$10,000 ($7,600, €6,700) for shouting ‘I’m going to kill you faggot’ when he assaulted a man in a gay nightclub.

The ruling on 30 June from the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) ordered Paul Taufaao to pay the fine for ‘unlawful homosexual vilification’.

Taufaao was initially found guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm.

The incident happened at Sydney’s ARQ nightclub in 2014. Taufaao told police he punched David Massa at the nightclub after chatting.

The pair spoke for 20 minutes but the conversation ended in the altercation because Taufaao thought Massa had touched his cousin’s wife while on the dance floor.

After Massa fell to the ground, his friend Simon Margan stepped in to prevent him from getting hit again, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

At this point Taufaao shouted ‘Fuck off, faggot’ and ‘I’m going to kill you, faggot’.

The initial conviction ordered Taufaao to pay $1100 with supervision of probation and parole for two years.

Anti-discrimination law was used in this tribunal

The matter was referred to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal when mediation between the parties failed to lead to an apology.

Simon Margan furthered the complaint, alleging homosexual vilification under the Anti-Discrimination Act.

Responding, the tribunal argued on Friday ‘The comments were not merely insults’.

‘They had the capacity to incite, or the effect of inciting, ordinary members of the audience to which they were directed, to experience hatred and/or serious contempt for Mr Margan and for homosexual men generally, on the grounds of their homosexuality.’

Taufaao was ordered to pay the $10,000 compensation before 21 July.