NSW Police are looking for three men responsible for a bashing inside the Colombian Hotel’s gaming room over the Anzac long weekend.
Around 11.30pm, Saturday, Robb and partner Nabil ducked into the Colombian to see if a DJ friend was playing, but as she wasn’t, decided to play the pokies.
Nabil, who is four feet tall, soon came to the attention of three men at a nearby machine who began to taunt him about his height and sexuality.
“They were saying, ‘Look at the homosexual dwarf,’ and pointing their fingers and laughing,” Nabil said.
When they began making fun of him again, Robb asked them to stop and was punched in the face. He fell, connecting with a poker machine, and when he tried to get up, was punched by a second man.
With no one else around, Nabil picked up a stool.
“I was screaming, I was trying to push them away,” Nabil told Sydney Star Observer.
When security arrived they were initially unsure who was at fault, and restrained Nabil.
Security ejected the three men when they became aggressive again.
With the help of a stranger, Nabil moved Robb and got an ice pack from the bar. He said he asked bar staff to call police and an ambulance but claims staff refused to do this.
Nabil and Robb remained in the venue to ensure the men were not waiting for them, and then left with the intention of driving to hospital.
But Robb lost consciousness before walking a block and had to be helped into his car before Nabil could drive him to emergency where they learned he had a fractured jaw and eye socket.
The couple claim the Colombian Hotel resisted giving CCTV footage to police. But a spokesman for the Colombian denied this, saying the venue was co-operating with police.
“At no time did anyone request for the police to be called,” the spokesman said.
“The offer of medical assistance and an ambulance was repeated a number of times and declined. A staff member provided a bag of ice which he requested.
“Police have since been notified and the hotel is assisting fully with their investigation of the incident. CCTV footage, which supports the above, has been requested and supplied to police.”
The spokesman said the Colombian had a zero tolerance policy when it came to violence and is a proud part of the ACON Safe Space program.
“This is a commitment from the … venue to provide assistance at all times to members of the local community.”