Dad's anguish over violence

MURWILLUMBAH father and security guard Brad Dorney has seen and heard enough of violent fights.

Two of his sons, Troy, 30, and Shawn, 24, were with their Pottsville flatmate Andrew Houlahan in the early hours of last Sunday when the 23-year-old was allegedly punched by a 21-year-old Gold Coast man who has since been charged with manslaughter.

Shawn was also a mate of an off-duty police officer severely bashed in Coolangatta at night last year.

His other son, Brandon, 30, was left in a coma for two weeks and suffers from a permanent loss of taste and smell plus frustration after he was bashed on leaving a Murwillumbah hotel two years ago.

Then there are all the incidents Mr Dorney has seen as a security guard.

Mr Dorney says the fights are mostly 'a male testosterone thing with a bit of alcohol and a few women around'.

His solution: Police should sit outside 'known trouble spots' at closing time.

“The only thing is to get more coppers on the street,” he said yesterday.

“I've done security work for 18 years. If you know there is a trouble spot, you just concentrate on it.”

Tweed Byron Police Commander Superintendent Michael Kenny, however, said that is exactly what police have been doing for years.

“If time permits police will do patrols and sit outside or down the road from pubs at closing times,” Supt Kenny said.

Mr Dorney yesterday, however, was full of praise for detectives, especially Detective Sergeant Greg Moroney who led the investigation into Brandon Dorney's bashing.

“He started from virtually nothing. He did a great job and battled on against all odds,” Mr Dorney saids.

In Lismore District Court this week Judge James Black jailed Raymond Gary Mitchell for causing severe head injuries to Brandon Dorney.



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