Pub patrons enjoying a night out at Hotel Mosman were left coughing and gasping for air after a sick prank by a local teenager left two women and several staff members with breathing difficulties.
An 18-year-old has been charged with three offences after allegedly deploying Capsicum Spray on the ground floor of The Duck last Friday around 6pm, which was packed with families, children, and elderly residents.
Hotel Mosman Licensee Peter Croker said the alleged incident happened with 170 patrons inside the premises.
Hotel Mosman General Manager Peter Croker said there were approximately 170 patrons and 11 staff on the premises at the time of the alleged incident, which happened in the gaming room of the popular watering hole.
“We had a room full of Mums and Dads, little kids and quite a few elderly customers sitting down for an early dinner on the last weekend of school holidays,” Mr Croker said.
“Then several patrons alerted us to something in the air, which was causing them to cough, and within seconds some of our staff were also suffering burning sensations in their throats,” Mr Croker said, “it was very worrying.”
Known as “The Duck”, Hotel Mosman is a favourite local watering hole often patronised by families and the elderly.
Mr Croker said two women had to be taken outside and given water as he looked for the source of the air borne irritant.
“We didn’t have the air conditioning on, and it wasn’t a gas leak,” he said.
Venue owner Brendon Barry said the incident was allegedly being filmed before those alleged offenders left the venue on foot.
The venue was able to track down the name of the 18-year-old from entry registration data.
The teen later self-reported to police and was arrested and charged.
Police arrested and charged an 18-year-old Mosman resident shortly after the alleged pepper spray attack.
North Shore Police Area Command has confirmed the arrest of a teenage resident at Mosman Police Station.
“Police will allege that the 18-year-old attended the licensed premises and while at the location produced a can of oleoresin capsicum spray from his pocket,” a spokesperson said.