"My jaw was snapped in half"
A SURFERS Paradise security guard has pleaded not guilty to allegedly breaking the jaw and knocking out the teeth of a Sydney man outside a Surfers Paradise hotel in 2014.
Dennis Hecta Tipene Faulkner is facing a jury trial in the Southport District Court after allegedly causing grievous bodily harm to alleged victim Dominic Beinke at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in the early hours of February 9, 2014.
Mr Beinke this morning gave evidence of waking up in a "puddle of blood" after allegedly being coward punched by Faulkner, who was working as a security guard at the hotel, after a verbal altercation between the pair and Mr Beinke's brother.
"I recall being punched a number of times in the stomach and I remember being hit straight in the face and I was unconscious for 30 seconds," he told the court.
"I thought I had lost all my teeth ... then I realised my jaw was snapped in half.
"When I woke up I was in a puddle of blood.
"I was scared. I had no idea what had just happened."
The court heard Mr Beinke and his two brothers were visiting the Gold Coast from Sydney on the night of the incident for an engagement party at Isle of Capri.
Later in the evening Mr Beinke and one of his brothers returned to the hotel they were staying at in a taxi to get some medication, the court was told.
When they arrived, the pair got into a confrontation with security guards who would not let them up to the room, which was booked in the third brother's name, the court heard.
Mr Beinke said Faulkner told the pair: "If you don't get out of here I'm going to knock you out" before going outside and punching the 32-year-old man in the face.
Mr Beinke's brother Patrick was also hit by another security guard during the scuffle after being put in a head lock, the court heard.
The jury were shown CCTV footage of the incident showing the brothers arguing with the security guard both inside and outside the hotel before Mr Beinke can be seen walking outside, where he is later punched in the face by another man and falls to the ground.
He then gets up and is assaulted again, Mr Beinke told the court.
During cross examination by Faulkner's defence barrister Chris Rosser, Mr Beinke conceded profanities were used during the altercation.
He said he was not "heavily intoxicated" when the brothers reached the hotel in a taxi between the hours of 1am and 3am, having drunk 10 beers since 2pm in the afternoon.
Mr Rosser suggested Mr Beinke had called the security guard a "dog" and several other derogatory terms in the in the lead-up to being knocked out.
"I put you, you called him a dumb black (expletive)," Mr Rosser asked.
"I definitely do not agree with that," Mr Beinke said.
Mr Rosser also asked Mr Beinke during cross examination whether he had "taken a swing" at Faulkner or "shaped up" to him in the lobby, prior to going outside.
"There was one punch ... a king hit ... straight to the mouth ... my arms were by my side," the alleged victim replied.
The court heard Mr Beinke had sought legal advice from personal injuries law firm Shine Lawyers during his visit to the Gold Coast to make a police complaint some four months after the incident.
Mr Beinke later revealed he was charged with being drunk and disorderly and failing to leave a licensed premises following the incident but the charges were later dropped in the Southport Magistrates Court.
Outside court Mr Beinke told reporters he was lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries in 2014.
He said he was a licensee of a venue in Sydney and the injury had taken a toll on his working life.
The trial continues today and is expected to run for three days.