11 August 2021

Shoey-sipping brawler stripped to underwear after told to leave pub

| Albert McKnight
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Jayden Stephen Kirkman

Jayden Stephen Kirkman, who bashed a man in Moby Dick’s Tavern, leaves the ACT Courts on Monday. Photo: Albert McKnight.

Just because Jayden Stephen Kirkman had ganged up on a man and knocked out his tooth during a brutal pub room attack, that didn’t mean he was done with causing a scene in Moby Dick’s Tavern.

Months later, the vicious brawler returned to the pub where he drank a ‘shoey’, then stripped down to his underwear after being told to leave.

While the 24-year-old is now facing the possibility of jail time after pleading guilty to the attack, he still seemed to be in good spirits on Monday (9 August) as he left the ACT Magistrates Court with a large grin and gave the ‘thumbs-up’ sign to media outside.

As recorded in court documents, when Kirkman was at the tavern in Holt at about 10:00 pm on 20 November 2020, he walked up to his victim and pushed him in the chest, shoving him backwards.

Without provocation, he then headbutted his victim in the face so hard he knocked out the man’s tooth.

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A co-defendant grabbed the victim in a headlock and pulled him against the bar, where Kirkman, the co-defendant and another man, repeatedly punched him.

Kirkman then pulled his victim backwards while the co-defendant grabbed him by the throat.

A number of patrons tried to break up the brawl and Kirkman was taken into a back room.

But when his victim went to leave the tavern, he broke free from the people trying to restrain him, charged through other patrons and chased the man to continue the fight outside.

Police later obtained closed-circuit television footage. They said the footage “clearly” shows Kirkman assaulting his victim.

“A number of patrons are clearly seen to be shocked and scared about the incident waving for tavern management to intervene and stop the melee,” they said.

Kirkman wasn’t done with Moby Dick’s Tavern.

At about 8:00 pm on 12 February 2021, he was in the pub when he poured a beer into his shoe then drank it, in what is colloquially termed a ‘shoey’.

The tavern’s manager told him to leave, but as he was leaving, he screamed loudly at other patrons then kicked chairs and tables before smashing a schooner of beer.

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He then took off his clothes, leaving him in his underwear.

Later that same night he smashed the front window of the Domino’s Pizza store in Holt.

Kirkman, from Dunlop, was scheduled to be sentenced in the Magistrates Court on Monday, but it was delayed until later in the month.

He had pleaded guilty to charges of affray, assault and damaging property.

Magistrate Robert Cook, who noted Kirkman had breached a suspended sentence for assault when he committed further violence in this new offending, continued his bail and adjourned the case for sentencing to 26 August.

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