DRUNKEN VIOLENCE: Paddy?s Planet Irish Pub owner Jeff Hincks.
DRUNKEN VIOLENCE: Paddy?s Planet Irish Pub owner Jeff Hincks.

Gang trashes pub in brawl



HARRISON Chuck Norris Lynch was allegedly smashing pub windows and brawling with patrons just hours after a Rockhampton jury acquitted him of rape.

The 19-year-old, who has already notched up more than 10 convictions since 2004, was allegedly part of a gang that attacked Rockhampton's Paddy's Planet Irish Pub just after midnight on Wednesday.

Yesterday, he appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on charges of assault occasioning bodily harm and wilful damage.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kay Schick told the court Lynch and his friends became aggressive after being denied entry to the hotel about 12.30am.

She said the group began smashing windows at the hotel before a security officer came outside and instructed them to stop.

Lynch allegedly punched the man to the ground before he and others kicked him repeatedly.

Soon after, a female patron who went to the man's aid was crash tackled by another member of the group and allegedly assaulted by Lynch.

Lynch then allegedly set upon a male patron, knocking him down and stomping on his head.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer denied bail, saying Lynch posed an unacceptable risk of reoffending. ? He is due to appear in court again on April 7.

Lynch was found not guilty of three counts of rape in Rockhampton District Court just after 11am on Tuesday.

Paddy's Planet Irish Pub licensee Jeff Hincks said the damage bill from the attack in which 15 windows were smashed, would run into thousands of dollars.

He refused to serve the group because it was closing time and they appeared to be intoxicated.

Rockhampton police Inspector Graham Coleman yesterday said five police officers had to be called in to break up the brawl.

"It was very scary for the officers involved who had to break it up,'' he said.

Police were still investigating the attack.



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