Bouncer charged with assault

The Palmerston North bouncer who was captured on video allegedly throwing a bar patron into a parking meter has been charged by police.

Victor Herbert Pereira, 29, was charged with assault in relation to an incident in the early hours of November 2 outside Shooters Bar in Main St.

The short video, shot and posted on Facebook by a taxi driver, triggered outrage when it showed a 23-year-old man struggling with security staff before being pitched headfirst into a parking meter outside the bar.

The clip sparked hundreds of comments online and CD Security director Reuben Takarua, who has maintained his support for his staff members throughout the furore, said they were all subject to abuse and threats after the clip was made public.

He told the Manawatu Standard yesterday that he would continue to support his staff member, and would be in court with him at his next appearance.

Things had calmed down for the security company recently, he said.

Sergeant Jeff Veale said police spoke to several witnesses, looked at footage and took a statement from the alleged victim before deciding to proceed with the charge.

No-one else had been charged, he said.

Pereira's security licence would probably come up for review, but it was too early to say what would happen, he said.

Pereira did not enter any plea when he appeared in the Palmerston North District Court.

He was remanded on bail to reappear in court next month.

Manawatu Standard