White-hot rage

By Hannah Turner | posted on February 19, 2021

AN ALBANY student who attacked a bouncer after getting kicked out of the White Star Hotel has been slapped with $1740 in fines.

Oliver Davanay Vynne pleaded guilty in Albany’s Magistrates Court last Thursday to common assault, failure to leave a licensed premise and re-entering the premise within 24 hours.

The 19-year-old jumped the venue’s back fence on January 15 to join his mates after being refused entry because his ID photo was invalid.

A bouncer working at the White Star approached Mr Vynne to remove him, but the accused held onto a fence before punching, kicking and breaking the victim’s prescription glasses.

Police Prosecuting Sgt Alan Dean said Mr Vynne told police he had no recollection of the event.

“This is a case of too much alcohol and poor decisions,” he said.

Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said violence in licensed premises was far too common.

“People in licensed premises have the right to work in a safe environment and not be assaulted,” she said.

“You were intoxicated and made a bad decision.

“You decided to take matters into your own hands.”

Mr Vynne’s defence lawyer asked the court to consider his mental health issues and the trauma he had gone through after losing a friend in November 2020.

Magistrate Dianne Scaddan warned Mr Vynne not to re-offend.

“You’re allowed to be given an opportunity to reach your full potential,” she said.

“Don’t come back here again.”

A spent conviction was granted.