Bouncer cops smaller bill

EDWARD Wason hasn't been able to smile properly for more than a year.

Edward's top two front teeth were broken last year when nightclub bouncer Kent Haggarty grabbed him in a choker hold until he was unconscious then threw him face-first onto the footpath.

Haggarty, 38, was convicted on Wednesday of assault occasioning bodily harm and fined $500.

The Rockhampton Magistrate took into consideration Haggarty's age and clean criminal history.

Edward and his mum Sharon feel the bouncer got off lightly and they're left to pay the costs.

Sharon said she couldn't understand how her son could be put through so much pain while the man who caused it would have to pay less than what the family had so far paid in dental fees on Edward's teeth.

The assault happened the night of Edward's 21st birthday.

He was out partying late on April 27 last year when he noticed his brother in a scuffle with security at the front area of the Stadium Nightclub.

Edward ran across the street to help.

Haggarty grabbed Edward in a choker hold that blocked his windpipe and rendered him unconscious.

Security footage from the nightclub shows Haggarty then threw him onto the footpath, stood there for a short while and then walked back into the club.

Ms Wason said Edward was lifeless and his girlfriend thought he was dead.

Edward was taken to hospital and received stitches for a cut to his forehead.

The family has already paid $600 to fix his broken teeth, but said he will need a lot more work done in the future.

Ms Wason said she was pleased the magistrate had found Haggarty guilty.

“He (Haggarty) could have possibly killed my son,” Ms Wason said.

“I've got six kids and now I worry every time they go out.”



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