Professional Misconduct

Samuel Walton

Address: Australia
Age: 37
Sex: Male
Occupation: Security Guard
Date: 18 July 2014


Samuel Walton, a static security guard, was convicted by the ACT Magistrates Court in April 2014 of the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was placed on an 18 month good behaviour bond and fined $300. The offence occurred in February 2014 and involved him pushing his partner of some 10 years over a low table and punching her in the shoulder, causing a bruise. Walton and his partner were at the end of a relationship that was said to have involved many verbal arguments and some pushing and shoving over the years. It was said that this was the only occasion the problems escalated to the extent that police were called.

Walton brought the conviction to the attention of his employer and the regulatory authority and this led to him resigning from his job as a security guard and the applicant seeking a suspension of his security licence pending the hearing of an application to cancel the licence.

The matter first came before me on 4 July 2104. Walton had been out of work as a security guard for one week at this time. He had worked as a security guard for some nine years and at the time of the offence worked at the entrance desk of a government department. As soon as Walton was charged, he took steps to enrol in courses for anger management and relationship training.