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UBS Employee Sees Now That It Might Have Been A Little Extreme To Put A Bouncer In A Coma For “Making Fun” Of Him

In the heat of the moment, though, the only appropriate thing to do seemed to be to walk back to the club and punch the guy in the side of the head. In retrospect, he understands how that was probably a slightly disproportionate response.

A man accused of punching a Sydney security guard to the ground, leaving him in a coma, lashed out because the guard ”made fun” of him, a court has heard. James Longworth, 32, was with two friends when guard Fady Taiba turned them away from Bar 333 on George Street about 10pm on Friday, saying they had had too much to drink, police alleged in court documents. As his friends walked away, Mr Longworth, of Middle Cove, allegedly went into the bar and punched the security guard in the right side of the head while he was looking the other way. Witnesses told police Mr Taiba, 43, fell backwards down a step and hit the back of his head on the tiled floor. He was unconscious when paramedics arrived and took him to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he had emergency surgery. The court heard pieces of Mr Taiba’s skull had to be removed to ease the pressure on his brain. He was expected to remain in a coma for up to two weeks.

Police said Mr Longworth fled the scene but another security guard and several witnesses caught and held him until officers arrived. Mr Longworth appeared via video link at Parramatta bail court on Saturday afternoon to face charges of assault and causing grievous bodily harm. Magistrate Anthony Spence said the attack appeared to be unprovoked. Mr Longworth told the court: ”It is a very, very silly reason but he made fun of me. I’d had too much to drink and I just snapped.”

Bouncer left in coma after ‘attack’ by banker [SMH via BI]
Family offers $1 million bail for investment banker James Ian Longworth, whose alleged victim, bouncer Fady Taiba, remains in a coma [Daily Telegraph]

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  1. Bandersnatch says:

    I will be careful not to say "UBS sucks" in Australia. It is entirely peopled with criminals.

  2. ILoveLamp says:

    When someone makes fun of me, I usually just get the dry heaves.

  3. Guest says:

    So the second UBS employee this year to get jail time for someone going down on them?

  4. guest says:

    What the court failed to consider is that Mr. Taibbi has been making fun of the entire financial industry for years.

    • Andrew says:

      Well genius, I guess you belong in jail too.. Violence is not the answer and what a low dog act hitting someone when they are not looking. I can guarantee you if the guy had tried to punch Fred when he was facing him it would have been the wussy little banker guy on the ground in a set of handcuffs under arrest..

  5. T Hobbes says:

    Longworth is in "market support" which is code for 'back office'.. saying that he's in investment banking is like equating limo drivers to limo passengers…

  6. roger says:

    UBS in Nashville, TN is the NKI..beats Equities in Dallas