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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

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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]


It's Possible A Bunch Of Employees At UBS Deutschland Helped Clients Evade German Taxes

The bank has ran its own internal investigation and found no evidence of wrongdoing but prosecutors are still going to take a look-see themselves. The investigation, being conducted by economic-crimes prosecutors in Mannheim, was started in March against unnamed employees after a tax inquiry in the southwestern state of Baden Wuerttemberg identified suspicious transfers of funds from Germany to Switzerland, allegedly executed by a German taxpayer with the assistance of the Frankfurt-based office of UBS Deutschland AG...In May, prosecutors seized more than 100,000 computer files and other records during a search of the bank's Frankfurt office, Mr. Lintz said. Tax investigators are assessing this material to identify evidence that bank officials acted as accessories to tax evasion, he said. In its statement, UBS Deutschland said that "an internal investigation into the specific allegations has not identified any evidence of misbehavior by UBS Deutschland AG." It said it is cooperating with the criminal investigation. Several investigations of UBS clients in Germany are under way by local prosecutors independent of the Mannheim investigation, Mr. Lintz said. He declined to say how many clients are under investigation. A report in the Thursday edition of German newspaper Stuttgarter Nachrichten said thousands of bank clients are under investigation. Mr. Lintz declined to confirm that figure. Germany Probes UBS Staff on Tax-Evasion Allegations [WSJ]