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Bouncer jailed for Hobart club assault

AAP logoAAP 6/09/2016 Andrew Drummond

A Hobart nightclub bouncer has been jailed for assaulting a patron who suffered multiple jaw fractures and lost seven teeth when he was dumped unconscious and face-down on a footpath.

Curtis Patrick Robert Clay, 26, was found guilty of assault by a Tasmanian Supreme Court jury after the November 2014 incident at a licensed premises on the Hobart waterfront.

His victim had failed to remove a hooded top - which had its hood down - as requested by security staff and was quickly asked to leave but a scuffle escalated, prompting Clay's involvement.

Clay put the man in a headlock and seconds later witnesses recounted him losing consciousness before being dragged outside.

"He fell to the footpath, landed on his face and suffered serious facial injuries," Chief Justice Alan Blow said during sentencing on Tuesday.

His jaw was broken in three places and there was a cut beneath his lower lip so big he could poke his tongue through it.

"Mr Clay's use of force was not lawful for some or all of the time," Justice Blow said, having watched CCTV footage of the incident.

"He grossly overreacted to the situation ... and dumped (the victim) unconscious on the footpath some distance from the front door."

The judge cited "grossly inappropriate manhandling" before sentencing Clay to five months in prison.

Clay, who is co-owner of a successful security business with no criminal history, will not be able to return to work because he will not be eligible for a licence, Justice Blow said.

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