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Crown Casino Bouncers Assault Patrons

TWO Crown Casino bouncers have been found guilty over the assault of friends of tragic patron Anthony Dunning the night he was involved in a deadly fracas with security staff.

Quoc Hai Tran, 34, and Jacques Tony Fucile, 30, and Nicholas Vladamir Levchenko, 26, stood trial at the Supreme Court charged with assault-related offences over an incident with Mr Dunning's friends Olivia Ferguson and Matthew Anderson on July 3, 2011.

The couple had been drinking at the casino with Mr Dunning when they realised he was being escorted from the building for being intoxicated.

During the trial prosecutors argued the couple began following Mr Dunning out when Ms Ferguson turned around and slapped Tran in the face, apparently in response to a comment he made.

She was then slammed to the ground by Tran and restrained in a painful "shut-down" hold in which her wrists were bent back towards her body.

The shocking incident was captured on CCTV.

He said Tran's reaction was out of proportion to Ms Ferguson's "powder puff blow" and was driven by anger and aggression.

Tran was found guilty of assaulting and intentionally causing injury to Ms Ferguson.

He was also found guilty of unlawfully detaining her against her will.

Mr Anderson was also slammed to the floor in the fracas after turning to see his partner restrained by two bouncers.

Fucile was found guilty of intentionally causing injury to him.

Both Levchecnko and Fucile were found guilty of unlawfully detaining Mr Anderson.

Levchencko was acquitted of all assault-related charges while Fucile was found not guilty of reckless causing serious injury.

Lawyers for the men had argued they had acted in self-defence.

In November a Supreme Court jury found Matthew Scott Lawson, 27, and Cameron Paul Sanderson, 40, not guilty of manslaughter and Benjamin Michael Vigo, 24, not guilty of assault over the incident with Mr Dunning on the same night.

Mr Dunning died four days later.

The jury heard Mr Dunning was held in a "shutdown position'' for up to four minutes, with pressure to his neck.

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Submitted: 05/07/2013
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