PATRONS BEHAVING BADLY

In Alcohol-related violence by Clyde Mooney

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A spate of serious violent incidents in pubs in eastern capitals has brought hospitalisations and partial amputations.

On Friday night, emergency services were called to an Irish pub on Goulburn Street, on reports of two men fighting.

A 24-year-old man was found unconscious at the scene, outside Scruffy Murphy’s, which is believed to soon be closing. Police report the man was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in critical condition with a fractured skull.

A 25-year-old man from Redfern was arrested, taken to Day Street Police Station and charged with reckless grievous bodily harm. He has been granted conditional bail, to appear at Downing Centre Local Court 25 July.

On Monday, following the AFL match between Collingwood and Melbourne, a brawl erupted at Richmond’s Royal Hotel involving ten men, spilling onto the street.

The Royal is close to Melbourne Cricket Ground and a popular post-match choice. It also describes itself as the city’s oldest and only public bar with topless barmaids.

Emergency services were called, arriving at 8.20pm. One man was treated at the scene and taken to hospital. Police are investigating. No arrests have been made.

And Queensland police are appealing to witnesses in their investigation of a brawl in an upmarket Brisbane bar in mid-April.

Poor quality CCTV footage appears to show two onlookers to a fight between several people in Fortitude Valley’s Cru Bar, including a 53-year-old and a 48-year-old man, during which the younger man has part of his thumb bitten off.

Although both men are said to be assisting with the inquiries, police are hoping for more information from the apparent witnesses to explain the incident.

Image from CCTV in Cru Bar released by Queensland Police