The ex-bar owner has been banned for life after drinking with two pub-goers and then assaulting them by kicking the man’s head and shoving the woman into a brick wall
- An ex-host faces a lifetime ban from the industry after assaulting two patrons
- The “vicious, undisciplined” attack happened at a south Sydney bar in 2019
- CCTV showed John Quinlan stomping on a man and pressing the woman’s head against the wall
- He punched and kicked the two as they lay in the stairwell, resulting in a hospitalization
- The verdict was made by the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority
A Sydney The bar owner was banned from the industry for life after being convicted of violently assaulting two patrons.
John Quinlan, 59, the former co-owner of JD’s Bar and Grill in Cronulla, south Sydney, had been drinking heavily with the two victims at the venue before attacking them on October 13, 2019.
CCTV footage shows Mr Quinlan stomping on a man’s head, pinning a woman against a brick wall and punching and shoving the two victims as they lay in a stairwell.
John Quinlan (pictured right) was caught on camera attacking two guests as they lay in a stairwell in south Sydney in 2019
The 15-minute attack was described as “very vicious and undisciplined in a nutshell” by alcohol and gambling authorities [the victims] were seriously injured and had to be hospitalized.
The trio had been drinking heavily before the man and woman were carried downstairs where the attack took place.
John Quinlan (pictured) has been sentenced to more than 200 hours of intensive community service, faces two two-year suspected coercive injunctions against him – and faces a lifetime ban from the liquor and gambling industries
The victims were seriously injured and had to be taken to hospital with the man who suffered broken ribs and facial injuries.
Philip Crawford, of the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority, said: “For some reason an altercation broke out and Mr Quinlan was assaulted in a very vicious, undisciplined manner for 15 minutes to the point where they were seriously injured and hospitalised had to be brought in.”
Mr Quinlan was found guilty in Sutherland Magistrates Court of two counts of assault and received a two-year personal violence order to protect the victims.
He was also sentenced to more than 200 hours of intensive community service.
Mr Quinlan was caught by CCTV (pictured) in 2019 stomping on a man on the ground
Details of the case were released on Saturday by the newly formed NSW Department of Enterprise Investment and Trade, which houses the state’s Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.
The Authority has found Mr. Quinlan unfit to hold a liquor license, manage a licensed establishment or be a close associate of a licensee.
“Clearly, the community will not tolerate licensees who are predisposed to this type of behavior, and neither will the regulator,” Mr Crawford said.
Liquor and Gaming chief executive Anthony Keon said the 15-minute attack was a shocking display of violence.
“He’s retired from the industry but a lifetime ban will ensure he doesn’t come back,” Mr Crawford said.
The trio drank heavily together at the Cronulla bar before the man and woman were carried downstairs (pictured)
Between July 2018 and October 2019, Mr Quinlan received eight fines from NSW Police, including six for breaching the venue’s alcohol license terms.
He no longer works at or owns JD’s Bar and Grill.
Only two other hosts have faced the same life sentence in the past five years, making it a rare conviction.
Mr. Quinlan no longer works at or owns JD’s Bar and Grill (pictured)