Lawyer wins right to question witnesses in committal hearing for Crown bouncer charged with the manslaughter of Anthony Dunning
A LAWYER appearing for a Melbourne Crown Casino bouncer charged with manslaughter over the death of patron Anthony Dunning has successfully applied for several witnesses to be cross examined in an up-coming committal hearing.
Veteran defence lawyer Tony Hargreaves today appeared before Magistrate Jack Vandersteen and successfully argued for permission for four witnesses to be examined by the defence.
Bouncer Matthew Lawson, 26, of Hoppers Crossing, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for today’s committal mention hearing.
He is charged with manslaughter over the death of Mr Dunning, 40, who is said to have been pinned to the floor at the casino on July 3 last year after an alleged dispute with security staff.
Mr Dunning, of Ferntree Gully, is believed to have had a heart attack and died in hospital four days later.
In court today, Mr Hargreaves applied for permission for the witnesses to be cross examined as two were critical of Mr Lawson in their police statements, while two others expressed opinions about casino security training and procedures.
Mr Vandersteen granted leave for the witnesses to be cross examined.
Also appearing in court yesterday were four other Crown bouncers.
Benjamin Michael Vigo, 23, of Hoppers Crossing and Cameron Paul Sanderson, 39, of Northcote, are charged with assault in relation to the incident involving Mr Dunning.
Two other bouncers – Nicholas Levchenko, 25, of Highett and Jacques Fucile, 29, of Essendon – face charges of recklessly causing injury.
Those charges stem from a separate casino incident on the same night bouncers detained Mr Dunning.
All five men, who are on bail, are expected to appear for a three-week committal hearing in June.
By Paul Anderson