Adelaide bakery worker April Goldner escapes jail over Glenelg pool hall altercation


Bakery worker avoids jail despite breaking a bartender’s nose with a glass bottle as she admits to making a ‘terrible mistake’ when she kicked off her furious attack

  • April Rose Goldner, 22, sentenced over wild incident at a popular pool hall 
  • Court heard patrons and staff were injured as the woman threw glass bottles
  • Incident sparked after a man from another group pf patrons called her a name
  • Brawl broke out on balcony between patrons as Goldner was evicted from venue
  • Goldner has since stopped drinking and received a suspended jail sentence

A young woman who threw glass bottles at patrons at a pool hall and broke a female bartender’s nose expressed her ‘significant regret’ as she avoided jail.

April Rose Goldner, 22, narrowly escaped jail time after she pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing harm in relation the ugly incident which later escalated into a wild brawl at Adelaide’s Chalkers Pool Hall in January 2021.

Adelaide Magistrates Court heard Goldner was at the popular Glenelg venue drinking with friends when they became embroiled in a verbal fight with another group of patrons after one of the men called her a name. 

She grabbed a glass bottle and threw it at the man after she was hit by his elbow when he raised his arms, the Adelaide Advertiser reported.

The flying projectile missed and landed on the road below.

A patron and bartender were injured after April Rose Goldner (pictured) threw glass bottles at a popular pool hall in Adelaide

The court heard Goldner threw another bottle at the man, causing a head laceration.

After being asked to leave by staff, Goldner turned around to throw another bottle at the group but instead struck a female bartender in the face and broke her nose, Chief Magistrate Judge Mary-Louise Hribal told the court.

‘As you were leaving you grabbed another glass from the ground, turned around and threw it with force back towards the group,’ she said.

As Goldner was evicted from the venue, a brawl broke out on the balcony between the groups of feuding patrons.

Goldner’s lawyer told the court her client acknowledged she made a ‘terrible mistake’ and ‘significantly regretted’ her drunken actions that night.

The court heard the young bakery worker, from the beachside suburb of Hove, has since turned her life around and stopped drinking and using cannabis.

She also hopes to launch a tourism career in the future, the court heard. 

A brawl broke out on the balcony between two groups of patrons (pictured) as April Rose Goldner was evicted from the venue

A brawl broke out on the balcony between two groups of patrons (pictured) as April Rose Goldner was evicted from the venue

Judge Hribal told Goldner her intoxication was no excuse as she sternly warned about the dangers of glass bottles in bar altercations.

‘They have the potential to cause significant injury and injured the people in this case,’ she said.

Goldner was sentenced to eight months in jail which was suspended on an 18-month good behaviour bond.

A second person charged over the incident was sentenced last month. 

Michael Vernon, 21, received a 12-month good behaviour bond and was fined $500 with no conviction recorded.

The young woman received a suspended sentence over the wild incident at Chalkers Pool Hall (pictured)  in the beachside suburb of Glenelg

The young woman received a suspended sentence over the wild incident at Chalkers Pool Hall (pictured)  in the beachside suburb of Glenelg

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