Manager sues brothel after being hit by angry hooker

Warwick Bumstead. Photo Facebook
Warwick Bumstead. Photo Facebook

 

THE FORMER manager of a Toowoomba brothel is suing his one-time employer for $298,050 claiming he was beaten up by a sex worker called Hester while he was on the job.

Documents filed in the Towoomba District Court show Warwick Edward Bumstead, 39, is claiming the owners of Deviations brothel failed to provide him with a safe working environment. 

He also says the run in with the sex worker left him with damaged hearing and anxiety and prevented him from continuing to work in the licensed sex industry. 

A statement of claim which was filed by Shine Lawyers on behalf of Mr Bumstead on June 17 states he was in the reception area at the Harlaxton brothel when a sex worker he knew as Hester punched him a number of times and clocked him on the head with a heavy jar that had been sitting on the welcome desk.

Bumstead says the stoush injured his front teeth, his right ear and his head. 

Now his lawyers are claiming the brothel's owner's should have foreseen the incident and that they failed to background check Hester. 

"The plaintiff (Mr Bumstead) will suffer impairment of his earning capacity in the future," Bumstead's claim reads. 

"The specialised nature of his previous work in the licensed prostitution industry required the plaintiff to hold a licence and to be able to interact with sex workers and customers."

Deviations was contacted and asked to clarify reports the jar used to strike Bumstead was full of lollies. 

"No comment. no comment, no comment," a woman said in response to the question. 

She added the brothel's owners could not be contacted as they were "out of the country."



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