Crime: NT bouncer Hayden Summers sentenced after knocking out US Marine Glen Thomason

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An Australian bouncer who slapped a US Marine outside a nightclub so hard it could have killed him has been jailed for three months.

Hayden Summers, 34, was sentenced to a three-year and three-month suspended sentence for hitting Glen Thomason on April 11, 2021.

Thomason had been thrown out of Monsoons bar in Darwin and entered into an argument with Summers who had sent the original bouncer away in an attempt to cool down the situation.

The soldier demanded to be let back in and told Summers he was a 'trained killer' before hitting out at the air in front of the bouncer.

Security guard Hayden Robert Bruce Summers  was found guilty of unlawfully causing serious harm after punched and 'knocked out' American marine Glen Thomason (pictured, CCTV footage of the altercation) © Provided by Daily Mail Security guard Hayden Robert Bruce Summers  was found guilty of unlawfully causing serious harm after punched and 'knocked out' American marine Glen Thomason (pictured, CCTV footage of the altercation)

The crowd controller then retaliated with an open-handed slap that landed with such force the marine was instantly knocked out and fell to the ground.

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Summers was found guilty of unlawful assault on September 2 and was sentenced this week.

The court previously heard Thomason hit his head on the pavement and spent 19 days in hospital followed by significant rehabilitation.

Defence barrister Peter Maley insisted that Summers acted in self-defence and did not intend to hurt Mr Thomason.

'All of the witnesses - most of which were other bouncers - gave unchallenged evidence that the US marine was aggressive and engaged in confronting behaviour,' Mr Maley told the court.

'They all say the marine would not leave or calm down and that he yelled and screamed.

'They all recalled him saying words to the effect of 'I could kill you, I'm a trained killer, I'm a US Marine'.'

Summers said he feared the marine was about to punch him because of a 'death stare' and 'threatening' hand gestures - evidence the prosecution labelled as a 'lie' that did not match the CCTV footage.

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Summers (pictured) pleaded not guilty to the charge but a jury disagreed  © Provided by Daily Mail Summers (pictured) pleaded not guilty to the charge but a jury disagreed

The Crown argued Mr Thomason's hand gestures were not menacing and was trying to explain how another security guard 'manhandled' him.

Justice Jenny Blockland said this week the force used was disproportionate.

'There was some minor apprehension on your part that he was going to start fighting, however you as a crowd controller have received training in de-escalation without resorting to unnecessary force,' she said, reports the NT News.

'You appear genuinely shocked and sorry about the level of injury and although the slap was intentional, the type of injury was not.

'You were aware of his size, and an ordinary person in your circumstances would not take such a risk and do what you did.'

Justice Jenny Blokland said the evidence showed Mr Thomason was 'clearly disgruntled' after he was thrown out of Darwin's Monsoons nightclub (pictured)  © Provided by Daily Mail Justice Jenny Blokland said the evidence showed Mr Thomason was 'clearly disgruntled' after he was thrown out of Darwin's Monsoons nightclub (pictured)

Justice Blockland said the sentence should serve as a warning to those in the crowd control industry.

She said while the job might be 'frustrating' in dealing the intoxicated people they were trusted by the community to responsibly manage such situations.

Summers, who is a married father of three young children, will spend three months of his sentence behind bars, followed by nine months of home detention.

The remainder of his sentence was suspended.

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