Two bouncers guilty of manslaughter, one guilty of assault in death of patron at Gold Coast tavern
WARNING TO GUARDS: Tira Taroa, mother of brawl victim Terii Tararo, and his uncle Stewart Kaiaruna outside court. Source: The Courier-Mail
TWO bouncers found guilty of the manslaughter of a patron during a wild fight outside a Gold Coast tavern have been sentenced to seven years’ jail.
A Supreme Court jury in Brisbane today found Morne Ricardo Lombaard, 30, not guilty of murdering Terii Taumatai Marcus Tararo, 21, at the Fisherman’s Waharf Tavern, at Main Beach on May 18, 2008.
However, the jury found Lombaard guilty of Tararo’s manslaughter.
It also found Denis Legradi, 32, guilty of Tararo’s manslaughter. Legradi did not face a murder charge.
A third bouncer Naeroa Petera Te Pau Konui, 37, was found not guilty of Tararo’s manslaughter but guilty to assaulting occasioning bodily harm to Colin Shane Loseby, now aged 29.
Justice Martin Daubney sentenced Lombaard and Legradi to seven years’ jail.
He sentenced Te Pau Konui to three months’ jail to be wholly suspended.
The three-week trial heard Tararo and his friends, Loseby, Ken Macka and Mitchell Robert, had gone to the tavern after test-driving Macka’s new car.
The court was told the group was denied entry and a fight started in which the bouncers were alleged to have used excessive force.
The Crown case was Lombaard punched and kicked Tararo as he lay on the ground, while Legradi either lay on or straddled Tararo and used a choke hold to restrain him.
The jury was also told Tararo was morbidly obese and in general poor health.
Mr Byrne said a post-mortem examination found Tararo had received 62 “separate and recent” injuries to his head, neck, abdomen, back, arms and legs.