The security guard who kicked Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez out of a nightclub in Byron Bay before disappearing said ‘it’s possible’ he wasn’t drunk at all.
Shannon Mackie said on the fourth day of an inquest into Theo’s disappearance that he removed the 18-year-old from Cheeky Monkeys in Byron Bay around 11 p.m. on May 31, 2019, hours before he disappeared, and decided he ” intoxication approached’.
Head of Security Bradley King issued a police statement that Theo spoke slurred and was unsteady on his feet.
However, during the inquest on Thursday, he admitted that he may have been mistaken and even thought of one of the 15 other evictions that night.
Both guards were asked if male patrons were ever kicked out of the nightclub to make way for “attractive women,” and if that might have happened to Theo
They were also asked if they had ever witnessed a drink at Cheeky Monkeys. Both insisted that neither had ever appeared in the club.
Theo Hayez (in cap, with back to camera) is seen being taken outside the Cheeky Monkeys nightclub on May 31, 2019, after being removed for ‘approaching intoxication’
CCTV footage shows Mackie escorting Theo to the front of the nightclub before asking him to step on a red X where he was scanned.
Theo briefly chatted with a man in a white hoodie who was first in line to enter the club before Mr. Mackie called for him.
He leans forward and, according to his police statement, says to Theo, “I pulled you out tonight because I think you’re getting drunk and you’re not allowed to enter the room anymore.”
A compliant Theo said ‘OK’ and then walked away to the left side of the club.
When asked if Theo appeared drunk in the video, Mr. Mackie replied, “Not in that footage.”
Counsel assisting coroner Kirsten Edwards asked if Mr. Mackie was confident in his assessment that Theo was nearly drunk.
“Yes, I do,” he replied.
Mrs. Edwards asked if Mr. Mackie could smell alcohol on Theo’s breath as soon as he took him outside.
“No,” replied Mr. Mackie.
Shannon Mackie (left) can be seen talking to missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez (with cap on) after he escorted him out of the Cheeky Monkeys nightclub in Byron Bay and told him he couldn’t get back in. Head of security Brad King (with back to camera), also gave evidence at the inquest today
When asked why he was so sure Theo was approaching drunkenness, Mackie said the club’s policy was to be careful.
“Of course, when I see signs, I believe they are approaching intoxication” [and] because the laws in NSW are so strict, I always proceed with caution and remove the patron,” he said.
“Because it’s strict… would you accept that you made a mistake,” Mrs. Edwards asked.
“Yes, possibly,” Mr. Mackie replied.
Head of Security, Mr. King, stood at the entrance to the club while Mr. Mackie assessed Theo.
He admitted he wasn’t paying full attention to the scene because he trusted Mr Mackie and it “wasn’t my eviction.”
Asked about his police statement about Theo’s speech which was unclear, Mr. King said, “Right now, and looking at those images, when he was talking to Shannon, I must have overheard it.”
‘Is it possible that you are mistaken in hearing his speech? asked Mrs. Edwards.
“Could have been, could have been another eviction,” Mr. King replied. “I can still remember a move.”
He agreed that the images did not suggest that Theo was drunk.
Ms Edwards asked Mr King about the club’s policy on removing people.
“The thing is, there’s a required number of people that have to be evicted at night to look like you’re abiding by the law,” he asked.
“No,” replied Mr. King.
Mrs. Edwards asked, “Would you ever do it to let some more attractive women enter the room and get rid of a few men?”
“No,” he replied.
The inquest previously learned that guards kicked Theo out of Cheeky Monkeys around 11pm because he was ‘approaching intoxication’
In the morning session of the inquest, two English travelers testified on the last night he was seen alive at Cheeky Monkeys with Theo via video link.
Elen Lloyd and Eden Parsons, who traveled together in Australia in 2019, boarded a WakeUp! Inn in Bryon Bay with Theo and three other backpackers before going to the club.
Ms Lloyd and Ms Parsons told the inquest that they decided to go to Cheeky Monkeys because Theo and the others had coupons for the club.
CCTV footage shown to both backpackers from inside the club showed them sitting in a booth near the bar.
At some point, more people join the club and a bearded man approaches their table.
The man tried to engage the travelers as he gestured toward the bar.
The two English backpackers had arrived at the club with Theo after a barbecue at the hostel, where Mrs Parsons and another backpacker, Marlen Ilsmann from Germany, said they remember him and his friend Antoine drinking from a ‘box of goon’. ‘
Both women were questioned whether they knew anything about the man or what he had said while he was at the table.
“I’d assume maybe it was something about how the… [drink] card worked, or something… it doesn’t awaken a huge memory for me,” Mrs. Lloyd told the inquest.
“Elen and I are generally friendly, excitable people, so when people come to us, we’d rather be with us than withdrawn, so frankly it could be about anything,” Ms Parsons said of the interaction with the bearded man.
It is not known who the bearded man is and Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting that he has anything to do with Theo’s disappearance in any way.
The girls arrived at the club with Theo after a barbecue at the hostel, where Ms Parsons and another backpacker, Marlen Ilsmann, from Germany, said they remembered him and his friend Antoine drinking from a ‘box of goon’.
“As far as I can remember he seemed very nice, but not particularly loud, not a huge personality,” Ms Parsons recalls of Theo.
Ms Lloyd recalled that the group eventually broke up as the club got busier and they left without knowing if Theo was still in the club.
The mysterious route Theo took to Cozy Corner, near Byron Bay Lighthouse, after leaving Cheeky Monkeys nightclub on May 31, 2019.
Theo Hayez was seen checking his phone after leaving Cheeky Monkeys nightclub around 11pm
Other witnesses told the court that Theo only bought two beers at Cheeky Monkeys and that he was unlikely to drink too much before leaving the hostel.
Ms Ilsmann told the inquest that the next day she saw another German backpacker who was with the group at Cheeky Monkeys, Annika Wachter, and discovered she was planning to travel with Theo to Sydney on a Greyhound bus.
She then later met Mrs. Wachter in Sydney and found Theo missing.
“When I asked if he was on the Greyhound, she said ‘no,'” Mrs. Ilsmann told the inquest.
Ms Wachter, from Dossenheim near Heidelberg in Germany, told the court on Wednesday that she did not see Theo tripping when he entered the bar or participated in drinking games.
“Everyone was happy and they enjoyed the dancing and it wasn’t really wild,” she said via video link.
“We all had two or three drinks. I was a little tipsy, but not completely drunk.’
Ms Wachter did not see Theo being asked to leave the club and did not learn of his disappearance until a few days later when she arrived in Sydney.
Yesterday, the inquest found that the Belgian teen had done a bizarre Google search just minutes before he was kicked out of Cheeky Monkeys for appearing drunk.
Wednesday’s investigation revealed that the Belgian teen did a bizarre Google search minutes before being kicked out of Cheeky Monkeys for appearing drunk.
Video shown on day three of the investigation into his disappearance revealed that he was sitting in a bar cubicle in a deep conversation with Dutch backpacker, Sander Stadegaard.
But Google searches on his phone show that during the chat he looked up information about a small, unknown town an hour from Byron called Coraki.
After leaving the club, Theo walked not back to his hostel, but in the opposite direction across town, following a treacherous dark path to a secluded beach.
He was never seen again.