By Ian Neubauer
The Queensland Police Union (QPU) has called for a review of training provided to security personnel following the death of a man outside a licensed premises on the Gold Coast on Sunday night.
“The police involved in this matter are quite distressed,” QPU president, Cameron Pope, told News Ltd. “We believe that this would be a good time to look at the training provide by security advisers.”
A 125kg man described as a gentle giant by his friends died after an altercation with bouncers outside the Gold Coast’s Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern at about 11:00pm on Sunday.
The cause of death has not yet been established though it is known the man was still alive when first attended to by police.
Queensland police have launched an international investigation and have interviewed 19 bouncers over the incident.
Two of the deceased’s companions have been hospitalised for injuries sustained during the altercation. A fourth member of the party was unharmed.
Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern general manager, Bruce Thurston, told AAP he had reviewed CCTV footage of the altercation but was still unsure what had transpired.
However, mobile phone footage of the incident screened by the Nine Network showed a number of security personnel pouncing on a person, with one bouncer repeatedly punching the person.
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