Johnas Todd
Johnas Todd

Pub brawl court sequel

A PUBLICAN who was seriously injured during a violent night at his Uki hotel has told the Lismore District Court how he also feared for the safety of his pregnant wife.

Alex Georgopoulos was the owner and licensee of the Mt Warning Hotel on July 27, 2007 when he was involved in a “wrestle” with Johnas Todd, a resident of Uki.

Mr Georgopoulos was left with a large cut on his neck requiring 40 stitches and another cut on his chest, which needed 20 stitches.

Todd, 26, has been charged with maliciously wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

His trial started in the Lismore District Court yesterday and he has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The jury was told the prosecution would “paint a picture” to indicate Todd had used a broken bottle to wound Mr Georgopoulos – “a hotel or pub glassing”.

However defence lawyer John Weller said the pair had just rolled around in an area where there was a “substantial” amount of broken glass. He said it was not Todd’s intention to wound Mr Georgopoulos.

The court was told the trouble started about 10pm when Todd put a security guard into a “choke hold” to prevent him from helping another guard who had been punched by a patron.

Todd was asked to leave, but Mr Georgopoulos said he later saw Todd near the entrance of the hotel.

Mr Georgopoulos said he again asked Todd to leave.

“He said to me, ‘what the (expletive) are you going to do about it?’,” he said.

Mr Georgopoulos said he then pushed Todd out of the hotel and left security officers to deal with the situation.

Before long, he heard a “massive smashing of glass” and an altercation between security and patrons in the bottle shop.

Bottles were broken, a window was smashed and shelves were knocked over, Mr Georgopoulos said.

He said a second window was also broken and that Todd had been seen punching that window.

“I was concerned for my wife because she was pregnant at the time,” Mr Georgopoulos said.

Mr Georgopoulos said Todd later confronted him outside the hotel, saying “come on (expletive), let’s go”, before “charging” at him.

He said there was a brief struggle before he was able to get to his feet, then he noticed a “burning sensation” at his throat.

But it wasn’t until he got back inside the hotel that he noticed he was covered in blood.

The trial continues today.

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