Bouncer stripped of his licence
A MACKAY bouncer has lost
his security licence after being convicted of assaulting
a patron in an alley near Doors Nightclub late last
year, while off duty.
Minister for Justice Kerry Shine said Misivila Apu'Ula
recently pleaded guilty to a charge of grievous bodily
harm, which is a disqualifying offence under the
Security Providers Act 1993.
"The patron suffered
serious facial injuries," Mr Shine said.
"Mr Apu'Ula was sentenced
to two-and-a-half years jail and will not be eligible
for parole until March 17, 2009."
He had already served
several months in custody awaiting trial.
Doors Nightclub owner
Gary Choy said although Apu'Ula worked at the
establishment he was not employed as a security guard.
Mr Shine said the latest
cancellation reinforced the government's message that
the delivery of security services carried a high level
of responsibility and unprofessional behaviour would not
be tolerated in the industry.
"Most security providers
are very professional and play an important role in
maintaining the peace in sometimes challenging
circumstances," he said.
"But we will not hesitate
to crack down on those who think their security licence
puts them above the law.
Government recently allocated $2million to implement and
enforce the tough new laws that took effect in July.
"This is the third licence cancelled in recent months,"
The two other bouncers
who lost their licences as a result of violent incidents
worked on the Gold Coast and in far north Queensland.