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Nov 25

Melbourne Doorman uses choke-hold until young man passes out

By ste7en8 | Australian Security , Door Supervision , Use of Force

A door supervisor has been caught on camera using a choke-hold on a young customer before dropping him to the floor unconscious at a Croydon pub in Melbourne, Australia.

A video has emerged online of a doorman in a Melbourne pub using a choke hold technique on an 18 year old customer. The pub doorman then seemingly drops the young man to the ground and then drags the unconscious male's body out to the front door. 

The incident unfolded in a pub at Dorset Gardens Hotel, Croydon, in Melbourne’s east, November 14th this year.

Hotel management stated that the teenager was initially kicked out of the pub for being ‘far too rowdy’, but after being ejected the young male then climbed a fence to trespass and regain entry to get back into the bar to rejoin his friends.

When door supervisors noticed they initially started to escort the young man out - but the intoxicated teenager decided to brake free, ran straight back into the bar and poured himself a schooner (beer glass with a capacity of 285 ml). 

That’s when the situation seems to have escalated.

The 18-year-old told news reporters that he doesn’t remember what happened next.

Video shows the teenager being put in a choke hold by a doorman (commonly referred to as security guard’s in Australian licensed premises), which witnesses allege knocked him out.

One other doorman can be seen to grab the young males wrist as if to carry out a physical restraint and then lets go of the 18 year olds wrist and this is when the other doorman then lets the young lifeless males body come crashing to the ground where his skull can be heard striking the ground and then the doorman picks him up like a rag doll to be dragged to the front door of the pub.

Pub doorman chokes out young man in Aus pub.

Pub doorman chokes out young man in Aus pub.

Onlookers told 7 news reporters that they were in shock as they watched the incident unfold.

“Everyone was just like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on’,” witness Louise Bramberry stated.

“He was doing the wrong thing [young male], but I don’t reckon he deserved it.

“To get thrown to the ground and also knocked out ... it’s a bit disgusting.”

Hotel management have refused to make further comment due to the ongoing police investigation by Victoria Police, but did confirm that the pub doorman remains on duty.

Dorset gardens Hotel spokesperson

This was an unfortunate incident which could have been handled better. [The door supervisor] has received a written warning, we do not condone his behaviour.”