The Perth man shortly after he claims he was bashed by security guards in Bali. Photo: Youtube / Bali Crime ChannelA Perth man holidaying in Bali with his pregnant fiancee claims he was handcuffed, brutally bashed and robbed by a dozen security guards at a popular Kuta nightclub after confronting a local pickpocket.
But Bali police have disputed his version of events, suggesting he was beaten instead by fellow guests and then turned the blame on security, after he came to and found guards around him.
The 33-year-old, who does not want to be identified out of fear, said he was attacked around 1am on Saturday, April 2, while partying at Sky Garden Nightclub with a friend.
The man recently returned home after undergoing emergency surgery in Bali to have a steel plate inserted into his skull and plastic surgery on his nose.
An off-duty freelance Australian cameraman said he found the injured man “covered in blood and beaten to a pulp” near the nightclub. Still dazed from the attack, the Perth man told the cameraman the security guards allegedly “beat the shit out of him”.
“I just seen one of my mates getting beaten up, I don’t know what for, I tried sticking up for him,” the 33-year-old said.
“It didn’t work out very much in my favour because there were at least 12 guys and they just took me down and then they handcuffed me and beat the shit out of me.
“I tried fighting, it didn’t work out too well… they took my phone, God knows what else.”
Sky Garden denied in a statement on Wednesday that its security guards were involved in an altercation with the man.
“The conclusion of the events that transpired clearly indicates this was an altercation involving two or more intoxicated ‘patrons’, not Sky Garden security,” it said.
“The following day, the Australian patron returned with police, but was unable to recall where and when this incident occurred.
“CCTV footage was then utilized [sic] to piece together the sequence of events that showed there was no foul play by Sky Garden security.”
The statement went on to say the two men involved in the altercation were separated by security guards, handcuffed and escorted out of the nightclub.
“We assumed that in the turmoil of events, the guest may have mistaken our security for the patron[s] that he was fighting with, when in fact the security were doing their jobs by stopping the altercation by separating the patrons from each other.”
Kuta police chief Wayan Sumara supported the nightclub’s version of events.
“[The man] and his two friends went to Sky Garden that night, they had a fight with another group of guests, it was those people who beat him up,” he said.
“Security came to stop the fight, and as per their standard operating procedure, they took everybody outside. No handcuff, no security was seen beating [the man].”
“But when [the man] came to, it was security he saw next to him. That’s why he thought it was security man who beat him up.”
Local authorities had previously issued a final warning to the notoriously-violent club that it faced closure if alleged incidents of bloodshed continued.
The club featured in the 2013 Channel Nine special ‘Bali: The Dark Side of Paradise’.
During that special, Sky Garden’s former Australian security chief, named in the program only as “John”, claimed he fled Bali after being threatened by gang members, who put a gun to his head in the club because he had started sacking security guards who were drugging and robbing patrons.
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