Bouncer loses appeal and licence

A COFFS Harbour bouncer, who had his security licence revoked after assaulting a patron has lost his appeal in court to keep working in nightclubs.

Kazem Ibrahim, a former security guard at Coffs Harbour’s Plantation Hotel, was yesterday told the decision of the NSW Police Commissioner to strip him of his licence would not be overturned.

The ruling handed down by a three person panel of the Administrative Decision Tribunal will serve as a precedent for other security workers found guilty, but not convicted of assault.

Ibrahim had been on duty at the hotel on July 15, 2008 when he escorted a patron from the premises.

A heated exchange followed and the man was pushed to the ground in Grafton Street, suffering a cut lip and bruising and scratches to the right side of his face.

Police successfully proved Ibrahim used unreasonable force in the matter.

Initially, he was charges with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, affray and reckless wounding. But the more serious charges were dropped in the Coffs Harbour Local Court and replaced with a charge of common assault, which he pleaded guilty to.

Then when he tried to renew his expired licence it was denied by the NSW Police Commissioner because of the blight on his record.

The panel found there was no reason in law to overturn the police decision stating: “It is clear (Ibrahim) considers his conduct was appropriate in the circumstances. This suggests that he does not have an adequate understanding of the standards that he must meet as a security guard.”

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