Chaotic birthday brawl at local pub

BIRTHDAY BASH: An 18th birthday celebration was interrupted by a violent brawl in a local Cootamundra watering hole.
BIRTHDAY BASH: An 18th birthday celebration was interrupted by a violent brawl in a local Cootamundra watering hole.

An 18th birthday celebration took a violent turn after a “large melee” erupted on the dancefloor of a local pub on Saturday night.

Police were called to the Cootamundra Hotel at 1.30am, August 6, after reports of a brawl emerged.

Cootamundra LAC commander Matt Packham said party-goers were celebrating a birthday when a number of patrons grabbed a 20-year-old man, resulting in a fight that moved throughout the hotel.

The man was then further escorted up Parker Street by two men who encouraged him to leave before being further assaulted.

When police arrived to question the man who'd been removed from the pub, he claimed he'd been “picked on” because he was from Tumut. 

No arrests were made.