Tasmania Police lay assault charges on three Hobart bouncers

Three Hobart bouncers have been charged with several counts of assault after three separate brawls around the city on Saturday night.

The alleged offences occurred at late-night venues in the city centre and on Salamanca.

Police reviewed footage of the fights over the weekend and decided to charge a 31-year-old Sandy Bay man with five counts of common assault, a 28-year-old Kingston man with four counts of assault, and a 27-year-old Moonah man with one count of assault.

Police alleged that some of the victims were slapped, kicked and struck to the throat.

Police Inspector John Ward said crowd controllers were permitted to use reasonable force to defend themselves from attack.

“However, from the footage we have reviewed, there is no justifying the excessive force used by these crowd controllers in what appears to be non-combative, intoxicated patrons,” he said.

“Members of the public deserve to feel safe in all licensed venues throughout the state, regardless of whether they have had a few too many drinks.”

Inspector Ward said the three men had either resigned from their position or had their employment terminated since the alleged attacks.