NSW couple accused of attacking restaurant owner in Forster after he asked them to use QR code check

Vile moment an irate couple allegedly ATTACK a Turkish restaurant owner after he ‘politely asked them to use a QR code to check in’ as tempers boil over amid nationwide Covid lockdowns

  • A couple have been charged after allegedly attacking a restaurant owner
  • The man, 34, and woman, 27, allegedly became furious over QR code check in
  • Footage of the wild brawl was captured on CCTV at the Forster, NSW, restaurant

A couple who allegedly attacked a restaurant owner after he asked them to check in with a QR code have been charged by police.

The man, 34, and woman, 27, were allegedly furious when staff at the Anatolia Turkish Cuisine in Forster, NSW, directed them to sign in with the mandatory Covid protocol at about 7pm on Monday.

Footage of the wild incident shows several people brawling in the outdoor dining area of the the popular restaurant, which was allegedly instigated when the man threw a glass bottle at a wall inside.

Tempers are beginning to boil over as NSW suffers another gruelling round of Covid restrictions, with masks and QR code check-ins mandatory across the state.

The incident was allegedly instigated after the man threw a glass bottle at a wall inside

Footage of the wild incident shows several people brawling at the popular restaurant, allegedly instigated after the man threw a glass bottle at a wall inside

Police allege the man then punched the 39-year-old restaurateur Mostafa Jamalifard, after staff tried to escort him from the venue.

Mr Jamalifard had to be taken to Manning Base Hospital suffering a suspected broken nose and other facial injuries, Nine News reported.

As the melee went on in front of terrified dinners, the woman allegedly bit another man, 44, who was trying to intervene in the scuffle.

Police said he was left with a ‘bleeding and bruised bicep’.

Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Worboys was outraged at the alleged incident, calling it ‘disgraceful behaviour’.

The man, 34, and woman, 27, were allegedly furious when staff at the Anatolia Turkish Cuisine in Forster, NSW (pictured), directed them to sign in with the mandatory Covid protocol

The man, 34, and woman, 27, were allegedly furious when staff at the Anatolia Turkish Cuisine in Forster, NSW (pictured), directed them to sign in with the mandatory Covid protocol

Mr Jamalifard, the owner of Anatolia (restaurant pictured) had to be taken to Manning Base Hospital suffering a suspected broken nose and other facial injuries, police claim

Mr Jamalifard, the owner of Anatolia (restaurant pictured) had to be taken to Manning Base Hospital suffering a suspected broken nose and other facial injuries, police claim

‘The owner was trying to do the right thing,’ he said.

The couple were arrested a short time after the incident and the man was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, affray, intimidation and malicious damage.

The woman was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

They are both due to appear in Forster Local Court on July 28 after being granted conditional bail.

They were also hit with a $1,000 fine each for allegedly breaching Covid restricions.

QR check-in codes are a lifeline for contact tracers who use the data to track everyone in a venue if someone came in while infected with Covid.

The data allows NSW Health to put out daily lists of exposure sites, warning people to get tested and isolate, keeping them away from vulnerable Australians.

Checking in is mandatory.

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