A security guard from a Surfers Paradise hotel appeared in court over the bashing of a man helping his drunk brother into his room.
Southport Magistrate’s Court heard the sorry tale of a man that sustained a broken jaw and teeth at the hands of former soldier and security guard at the Grand Chancellor Hotel, Dennis Hecta Tipene Faulkner.
The alleged victim, Dominic Beinke, testified that in the early hours of 9 February, 2014, he was dropping his brother off at his hotel after a party, and wanted to see him safely to his room. The pair were confronted at reception by Faulkner, who reportedly told them to leave without giving reason.
Beinke said he tried to intervene in the eviction, but was told “we were both going to go outside and he was going to knock us out”.
The Court saw CCTV footage that showed a violent altercation then take place outside, between the two brothers and two security guards. Faulkner was then seen standing over an unconscious Dominic Beinke.
Beinke says he regained consciousness, rose and attempted to gather his broken teeth, and was subsequently knocked out again by Faulkner.
Faulkner pleaded not guilty in yesterday’s hearing, with his defence offering that he “had simply been a man “doing his job”.
Faulkner will stand trial in the District Court for one count of causing grievous bodily harm.
The 4.5-star Grand Chancellor Hotel may need to review how a security guard’s “job” involves twice knocking out a man and inflicting serious injury over entry to a hotel room.