Security guard sent to jail for punching drunk patron

A Gold Coast security guard will spend the next year behind bars for breaking a man’s jaw with one punch.

Dennis Hecta Tipene Faulkner has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ jail, to serve 12 months before the remainder is suspended for a period of three years.

Earlier this week, the 42-year-old former Australian Army soldier was found guilty in Southport District Court of causing grievous bodily harm to Dominic Beinke.


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The court heard Mr Beinke was on the Gold Coast to celebrate a friend’s engagement when Faulkner and another guard refused to let him into the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Surfers Paradise early on February 9, 2014.

Faulkner took Mr Brinke outside to the hotel driveway, where CCTV footage showed him punching Mr Beinke’s face.

His jaw was broken in two places and he was unconscious for a short time before waking up in a puddle of blood.