They did what they had to: Bouncer defends Beach Hotel brawl

Mireille Merlet-Shaw

A BYRON Bay bouncer has defended the actions of security at the Beach Hotel last Friday night after a video of a fight involving a man who exposed his penis in front of hundreds of patrons went viral.

A video of the fight on Jonson St posted on the Northern Star website and Facebook page on Monday attracted more than 25,000 views.

"It was 8pm at night and there were families everywhere in the restaurant and he got up on stage and got his penis out on stage," said bouncer Josh Paish.

"The manager came and asked him to get off the stage, then security had to escort him to the door and as they did he started resisting and didn't want to leave.

"Then one of the bouncers pushed him out the door and he turned around and head-butted a security guard...and started throwing punches."

The fight then spilled on to Jonson St, Mr Paish said, with two of the man's mates joining in.

"Then one of his mates who came at us and had to be physically restrained has 'dog shotted' one of our security guards."

"He hit him from behind in the jaw and knocked him out."

Mr Paish, a career bouncer for 17 years at Byron, defended bouncers' actions shown in the You Tube video of the melee.

Comments from some readers commended the bouncers' actions, while others condemned them.

Mr Paish said without handcuffs, pepper spray or guns, bouncers were forced to work together, in numbers, to restrain offenders.

"It looks messy and I understand to outsiders it looks messy but these sort of incidents are not a finite thing, they're very fluid; they're very hard to control.

"Especially when you have got a big strong guy who doesn't want to be restrained after assaulting somebody.

"You can't just press a button and have the offender sit down calmly."

Police are investigating and ask witnesses to call Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.

Josh Paish has been a security guard at the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay for the last 17 years.
Josh Paish has been a security guard at the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay for the last 17 years. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

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