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Cube Being Sued

The owners of gay nightclub Cube in Canberra are being sued by the partner of a 23 year old man who was stabbed to death in a fight outside the venue three years ago.

The Canberra Times report that Patricia Soledad Gaete is taking action over the death of David Nato Seuala, her partner and father of her two children, who died August 4, 2006.

Seuala died from stab wounds in Canberra Hospital three weeks after a fight broke out with him and four friends against Cube owner Maurizio Rao and bouncer Adam Street outside the venue.

The fight broke out at 4.30am on July 15, 2006 when Seuala and four of his friends were refused entry to Cube because of their heavily intoxicated state. According to witnesses the five men threatened to “bash poofs” if they weren’t let in. When they eventually agreed to leave the area, it is alleged that Rao said a racist remark. One witness told the court that they thought Rao would die from the beating. He eventually produced a knife and stabbed Seuala.

Rao was eventually cleared of murder charges because it was proven that he acted in self-defence.

Gaete’s lawyers are claiming that Cube was responsible for Seuala’s death for allowing their security guards to fight with patrons and to carry weapons. Lawyers for the security company XL deny any liability or negligence.

Gaete is seeking more than $850,000 in damages. The case is due to be heard later this month.

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hazyinseptember said on the 17th Jul, 2009

In Canberra? get outa here..


rudeboy86 said on the 17th Jul, 2009

Sorry but if some straight fuckwit decides that it would be a good idea to start up some argy bargy at a Gay nightclub then I really could not give a fuck what happens to them.

That being said, it isn't very nice to go stabbing people.


dracon388 said on the 17th Jul, 2009

To my understanding the company who owns the club is being sued for not providing a safe environment - on simple understanding the case should be thrown out because the men were not allowed entry to the club in the first place.

Mr Rao was acting in self defence. (article from 2008)

I was 16 when the incident happened and 18 when the court case came to a decision, its sad to see this being brought up again just over a year later.

Cube's Owner (Mr Rao) could have died that night aswell, he spent that night (atleast) in hospital, from what I remember.


oziboimatty said on the 17th Jul, 2009

sorry but have no sympathy for the guy at all thats wat u get when u wanna try and act all macho and go to a gay nightclub with the intentions of starting on gay people


rudeboy86 said on the 17th Jul, 2009

As much as I am against racism...Rao was wrong for letting fly with a fucking stupid comment like that however, if he was attacked by a man threatening to bash club patrons as they left then I would have wanted to beat that bastard to a pulp.


dracon388 said on the 17th Jul, 2009

Definately true rudeboy, things mighta been different had that not happened. But one can only wonder.


barabin said on the 17th Jul, 2009

Surprise Surprise, I remember my mum telling me about this as we both used to go to Cube but this happened after I moved to Sydney.

As friendly as the venue is there are a lot of idiots who hang around the front, it is around the corner from the dodgiest straight venue ever (Mooseheads) so I think this was going to happen sooner or later.

It is sad how it ended up though, that guy had kids .. very sad.


blueterrace said on the 18th Jul, 2009

From the look of it, he rocked up with five drunk fckuwit mates, threatened to bash people, started a fight and nearly beat guy to death before the guy fought back. You got to wonder who was looking after the two kids while daddy was out getting pissed and bashing people. Childrens serves should investigate - cant imagine the hime life is much good. Anway the girlfreind doesnt deserve squat - hope she loses.


GenesisInVain said on the 19th Jul, 2009

was just there this week. sad.