Bouncers accused of murder

A BOUNCER accused of murdering a pub patron had to be held back after punching and yelling racial taunts at his victim, who lay dying on the ground, a court has heard.

Bouncer Morne Ricardo Lombaard, 28, of Southport, allegedly reached down to touch Terii Tararo's right hand, after which witnesses heard a popping noise and Lombaard saying: “Two down, three to go”.

Among Mr Tararo's many injuries was severe bruising to his fingers. The 21-year-old steel worker was pronounced dead at the Gold Coast Hospital shortly after being refused entry to Fisherman's Wharf Tavern on May 18 last year.

Lombaard and two of his fellow bouncers, Naeroa Peter Tepaukonui, 35, of Arundel, and Denis Legradi, 21, of Pacific Pines, face a committal hearing over Mr Tararo's death, each charged with his murder.

In the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday, police prosecutor Rosanna Doolan said Mr Tararo was continually attacked despite being held securely.

Magistrate Catherine Pirie and lawyers will visit Fisherman's Wharf Tavern later on Monday as part of the committal hearing which is expected to last three weeks.

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