Uki pub brawl heard
THE Uki pub exploded into violence as Johnas Todd hit the ground.
Witnesses yesterday told Lismore District Court fights broke out across the front of the pub after a man, claimed by one witness to be a bouncer, pulled off his shirt and punched Todd in the face, sending him flying down a small flight of concrete stairs before hitting his head on a parked car and landing on the Kyogle Road.
July 27, 2007, was supposed to have been the Mount Warning Hotel’s best night ever. Owners Alex and Angela Georgopoulos had booked a Led Zeppelin tribute band, attracting an unprecedented 300-strong crowd to the little pub on the village’s western side.
The court has been told this week it all went wrong after Todd intervened when security officers jumped a man who had thrown a punch at a bouncer after being refused entry.
It ended with Mr Georgopoulos receiving serious cuts to his neck and chest and with Todd being charged with attacking the publican with a broken bottle.
Under cross-examination by the prosecution, Todd yesterday said he now regretted intervening in the initial conflict between security officers and the young drunk – whose name Todd had not even known and who he hadn’t seen since.
Todd told the court he made a split-second decision to stick up for the drunk and grabbed the fourth guard to stop him from joining his colleagues.
Todd said he released the bouncer and left when asked by Mr Georgopoulos.
He had intended to go home. Instead he ended up sharing drinks with a group of about 15 Uki locals in a park over the road.
Todd decided to return to the pub for another four-pack before driving back to the family’s property.
Todd has said he was pushed from the pub by Mr Georgopoulos when he tried to return to the bottleshop. He fell and got back up again, only to be punched in the face and sent sprawling onto the road by an unknown assailant.
The case concludes today.