Bouncer who knocked out aggressive US Marine with one punch found guilty after victim had part of skull removed
Hayden Summers knocked out US marine Glen Thomason after he claimed, 'I could kill you, I'm a trained killer'
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA: Australian bouncer who had claimed he was acting in self-defense when he knocked a US marine in one punch has been found guilty of unlawfully causing harm. The incident took place on April 11, 2021, and was caught on camera outside Monsoons nightclub in Darwin where the Australian security guard worked.
Hayden Robert Bruce Summers knocked out US marine Glen Thomason after he claimed, "I could kill you, I'm a trained killer." However, Summers had claimed he was only acting in self-defense as Thomasan also used threatening hand gestures. Thomason had to have part of his skull removed because of the brutal knockout. Summers said his punch was just a "six out of ten" but the judge ruled "Mr. Thomason did not deserve a blow like that."
Hayden Robert Bruce Summers faced Northern Territory Supreme Court on Friday, September, 2, and was found guilty of unlawfully causing serious harm to US marine Glen Thomason after punching him. The jury examined dramatic CCTV footage of the confrontation between the two men after Thomason was thrown out of Monsoons nightclub in Darwin. In the footage, Thomason is seen appearing to yell at the security guard. He then moves his arms across the bouncer's face and two seconds later Summers strikes Thomason in the face causing him to fall back and hit his head on the ground. While unconscious, the doorman rolled the marine on his side and into the first-aid recovery position. The court heard, "Thomason had part of his skull removed and had to spend a 'significant amount of time' in hospital and rehabilitation following the altercation," according to ABC News.
Defense lawyer Peter Maley insisted that Summers acted in self-defense and said he did not intend to hurt Thomason. "All of the witnesses most of which were other bouncers gave unchallenged evidence that the US marine was aggressive and engaged in confronting behavior." Maley told the court, "They all say the marine would not leave or calm down and that he yelled and screamed" as Thomason said, "I could kill you, I'm a trained killer, I'm a US Marine." Summers said he feared the marine was about to punch him because of a "death stare" and "threatening" hand gestures but the prosecution labeled it a "lie" and evidence that did not match the CCTV footage.
The Crown argued Thomason's hand gestures were not menacing and was trying to explain how another security guard "manhandled" him. Justice Jenny Blokland said, "Mr. Thomason was 'clearly disgruntled at his rejection' as he had not been told why he was removed from the establishment." Justice Blokland reminded the jury of the Crown's argument that the punch was not a reasonable response. Prosecutor Ian Rowbottom argued Summers failed to explore other options which could have diffused the situation including stepping backward and asking colleagues for help. Rowbottom said, "instead of 'knocking someone out' Summers could have just pushed Mr. Thomason away." Justice Blokland reminded the jury of the prosecution's argument, that Thomason "did not deserve a blow like that" despite Summers describing the strength of the blow as "a six out of 10." Summers will face court at a later date for sentencing.