Two charged over alleged assault of bar owner

TWO Warrnambool men are being charged with assault-related offences after an alleged incident involving a bar owner in Timor Street.

Warrnambool police constable Josh Goonan said yesterday a 19-year-old man and another male aged in his early 20s were being charged with offences on summons after Warrnambool bar owner Lukasz Chomentowski was allegedly knocked out on December 23.

They have been charged with intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault, assault in company. One man has also been charged with assault by kicking. They are expected to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on a date to be fixed.

Constable Goonan said that on December 23 a security officer at the Gallery nightclub reported an incident in Timor Street to police but when officers arrived there was no one there.

He said in subsequent days the alleged victim made a statement to police which led to further inquiries.

Police then studied security camera footage and interviewed two men, who allegedly made partial admissions.

“One man blacked out and can’t remember anything but he finished with a broken hand,” Constable Goonan said. 

“There was allegedly an earlier incident at another Warrnambool licensed premises. The two men were later denied entry into the Gallery nightclub and then there was an incident in Timor Street,” he said.

On January 7 Mr Chomentowski detailed his assault experience in The Standard.

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