A guard at a Victorian pub is awaiting trial over a brutal assault on a patron that put the man in a coma.

On the evening of 3 May the Grovedale Hotel security guard is alleged to have assaulted a man outside the venue.

Witnesses reported the victim was knocked out before he fell, resulting in his head hitting the concrete.

The 37-year-old Grovedale man was transported to Geelong hospital in an induced coma before a decision was made to rush him to The Alfred specialist hospital in Melbourne.

He was found to have suffered five facial fractures and two bleeds on the brain and spent three days in intensive care.

A 46-year-old bouncer, from Armstrong Creek, was arrested. Geelong CIU detectives charged him with recklessly causing serious injury, recklessly causing injury and unlawful assault.

The accused was granted bail and is due to appear at Geelong Magistrates Court on 3 July.

It’s understood the incident was captured on CCTV footage.

The Grovedale Hotel was established in 1859 and last year was recipient of the AHA National award for Regional Hotel of the Year.

A spokesperson stated the operation does not condone violence and is assisting police with investigations, and that the guard had been stood down pending the results of the charges.

“The security contractors have clear policies and protocols to follow when engaging with patrons.”

Grovedale Hotel

This incident came less than three weeks after a brawl at Lambys Tavern in Geelong, where cameras captured a guard striking a young woman in the face. Another guard intervened, as patrons watched and jeered the behaviour.

Lambys Tavern CCTV

The 18-year-old girl then confronted the guard again and was hit in the face again, this time knocked to the ground.

She was taken to hospital for observation and is reportedly okay, despite the ‘traumatic’ experience. 

The 29-year-old bouncer was an employee of S&D Security, and has reportedly been terminated over the incident. As yet no charges have been filed.

The Alfred. Images: Google maps
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