Woman from Byron pub brawl speaks out
A BYRON Bay local who witnessed last Friday night's violent brawl outside the Beach Hotel has lashed out at the heavy-handed tactics of bouncers.
Heather Tyler said she left the Railway Hotel at about 8pm and walked up Jonson St toward the Beach Hotel when the violence shown in a You Tube video posted on The Northern Star's website unfolded.
"I saw this guy walking down the road and the bouncers got into two lines of at least six of them in each line, in the middle of Jonson St, and I said to one of them 'you'll have to call the cops'," she said.
"I turned around and the bouncers were baiting this guy, saying 'come on let's go', while they were in the two rows so he turned around and took his shirt off and come up to them and said 'all right let's go'.
"Then two bouncers grabbed him, one on each arm, while a third bouncer was punching him.
"Then they smashed his head into the ground and there was blood everywhere."
When Ms Tyler called out for the bouncers to stop and yelled out "you can't do that", she said they turned on her.
"They started yelling at me to 'f**k off you slut and you whore' in front of hundreds of people.
"Then they threatened to punch me and told me to "f**k off and go home.
"They said, 'you don't know what he did, he head butted me'."
Ms Tyler, 42, said she thought a bouncer's job was to restrain people, not assault them.
She said it wasn't the first time in her 10 years living at Byron she had seen violence from "ego driven" bouncers.
"I didn't think they had anymore right to punch people than we do," she said.
Beach Hotel management were unavailable for comment before deadline.
Police are still investigating the incident.