No licence for former bouncer

THE case of a bouncer who had his security licence revoked after assaulting a patron in Coffs Harbour now serves as a precedent in NSW courts for other legal matters involving hotel security staff.

Kazem Ibrahim, a former security guard at Coffs Harbour’s Plantation Hotel, had an application to renew his licence refused after he assaulted a hotel patron outside the venue in July 2008.

Charged by police, Ibrahim pleaded guilty to common assault in the Coffs Harbour Local Court last year and was sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond.

His security licence was revoked, and he has since been unsuccessful in getting the decision overturned, taking the NSW Police Commissioner to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

The appeal hearing was told Ibrahim was on duty at the hotel on July 15, 2008, when he became involved in a dispute with a patron.

After a heated exchange the man was pushed to the ground, suffering bruising and scratches to the right side of his face and a cut lip.

Police successfully proved this happened because the applicant was found guilty of a serious assault, even though he did not have a criminal conviction recorded.



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