The Centralian Advocate Fri 28 May 2021
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Ex-bouncer dodges jail over punch A FORMER security guard at Monsoons nightclub who overreacted by punching an unruly patron in the face will not see the inside of a jail cell, a court has heard. George Whakarua Edwards, 44, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to two counts of assault following the incident shortly before 4am on September 22. The court heard the victim, referred to by the pseudonym WP, was socialising at the club with his girlfriend when the pair were escorted from the premises for unknown reasons. As this was happening, an altercation broke out between the couple and Edwards and he and another bouncer restrained WP while a third bouncer restrained his girlfriend. Once outside, Edwards pushed WP to the ground before WP got up and went to help his girlfriend, who was by this time having another altercation with one of the bouncers. Justice Stephen Southwood said as WP stepped forward, Edwards again pushed him to the ground and he got up again and walked towards Edwards with his hands down by his side. Without warning the offender forcefully punched Mr P with a closed right fist, he said. The punch connected with the left-hand side of Mr Ps face, causing him to stumble backwards approximately 3m and fall from the footpath onto the road. About five minutes later, another altercation broke out after WPs girlfriend spat at one of the bouncers, he retaliated and WP shoved him aggressively in response. Justice Southwood said the two men began swinging punches at each other and a small melee erupted in which WP fell backwards, hitting his head on a con crete pot plant. In handing Edwards an eight-month sentence, suspended immediately, Justice Southwood said it was unclear how much his actions had contributed to WPs injuries. The offender was a crowd controller and no doubt had been trained to de-escalate such situations and to exercise restraint on all occasions, he said. JASON WALLS Monsoons nightclub on Mitchell St. Picture: Keri Megelus Selena Uibo FRIDAY MAY 28 2021 NEWS 15 ACTION ON RECONCILIATION TERRITORIANS are being urged to take more impactful, inspirational action this Reconciliation Week, with this years theme Reconciliation is more than a word. Reconciliation takes action. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Selena Uibo said the week was an important opportunity for all Australians to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. The First Circles Leadership program has provided leadership opportunities for Aboriginal Territorians living in remote areas to learn more about governance and to engage directly with politicians and government policy, she said. Our Local Decision Making is having a big impact in the bush, and we will continue to keep working to ensure all Territorians have access to the very best services and opportunities, no matter where they live. Getyour Woolies worth! 1'1a.FRESH-"' Specials Thawed WA Cooked Rock Lobster ea SAVE $6
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