Cory Hosking of Skennars Head, pictured with his mother Kay, bares the scars of his night out in Byron Bay.
Cory Hosking of Skennars Head, pictured with his mother Kay, bares the scars of his night out in Byron Bay. The Northern Star

Night of violence on Byron Bay streets

A BIRTHDAY reveller was injured when bouncers allegedly ejected him from a nightspot and an Irish traveller was bashed unconscious and left for dead in a night of violence on the streets of Byron Bay.

Both incidents occurred in the early hours of Sunday.

According to police, good Samaritans found the Irishman on the road near the intersection of Jonson and Lawson streets and carried him to Byron Bay hospital.

Skennars Head man Cory Hosking was also taken to the hospital after an incident at a popular Byron nightspot.

Mr Hosking had spent Saturday night celebrating his 21st birthday – first with a party organised by his mum at Ballina Seagulls football club, complete with security guards, followed by an organised bus trip to Byron Bay, with the return trip scheduled to depart at 3am.

"I organised the night so this sort of thing wouldn't happen," his mum Kay Hosking said.

Mr Hosking entered the venue in fine form, resplendent in a full white evening suit wearing a 'big bling thing' –  a Von Zipper necklace  around his neck.

"I was all pimped out," he recalled.

Mr Hosking, a fit young man who surfs every day and describes himself as non-violent, took to the dance floor.

He said about 1am he caught the attention of security, who asked him to leave.

Mr Hosking asked why and refused to leave. He claims he received no reply.

"I had told them at the door it was my 21st. The bouncer had let me in for free," Mr Hosking said.

He said after security asked him to leave a second time, they then disappeared to phone police.

The next thing Mr Hosking remembers he was grabbed from behind, a forearm crushed his windpipe and he passed out.

When he woke he was in Byron Hospital with a broken nose, stitches to his face and lip, a black eye and bruised shoulder.

"There was blood all over his white suit," his mother said. "This story needs to be told.

"Bouncers are there to protect patrons, not hurt them.

Cory was unconscious when they did this to him."

Byron Police Inspector Owen King denied there was a problem with bouncers in the tourist town. "Some bouncers have overstepped their boundaries in the past and we have taken action," he said. "But we have no specific concerns with bouncers."

Insp King said every hotel, club and pub in town had closed circuit television, and every incident was recorded.

In Mr Hosking's case, police are still interviewing witnesses and have seized the nightspot's closed circuit TV footage, but have yet to view it.

Under the NSW Liquor Act, bouncers can refuse entrance to intoxicated people and are entitled to evict people from the premises. Under the act, if people fail to leave premises they may get a $500 fine. And if a punch is thrown by both parties there is no charge of assault – it becomes tit-for-tat.

The venue, meanwhile, did not respond to calls from The Northern Star to tell its side of the story.


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