One punch attacker to be sentenced in Southport Court

A security guard who broke a man’s jaw in a one punch attack outside a Gold Coast hotel three-years-ago is expected be sentenced today.

Former Australian Army soldier, Dennis Faulkner, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to Dominic Beinke outside the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Surfers Paradise on February 9, 2014.

Beinke, 32, suffered a double fracture to his left jawbone and several broken teeth in the attack which left him needing emergency surgery.


Faulkner was found guilty after a three-day trial at the Southport District Court on Wednesday.

The court heard on the opening day of the trial Beinke had taken his brother to the hotel following a friend’s engagement party.

The pair were asked to leave when Beinke’s brother, who didn’t have a room key, was unable to provide identification.

After an argument, security footage viewed in the court showed Faulkner punching Beinke outside the hotel with a single hit to his jaw.

“I remember being hit straight in the face and I was unconscious for 30 seconds,” Beinke told the court.

“I thought I had lost all my teeth, but then I realised my jaw was snapped in half.

“When I woke up I was in a puddle of blood.

“I was scared. I had no idea what had just happened.”

Faulkner, who was refused bail, will hear his fate in the Southport District Court.