Magistrate’s wedding vow
A Geraldton magistrate has said she would attend the wedding of a 40year-old man in Yalgoo if he was able to remain alcohol-free during his bail period.
Justin Leigh Ryan appeared in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court last Thursday charged with failure to obey an order given by an officer, disorderly behaviour in public and aggravated assault.
He had previously entered a guilty plea for the aggravated assault charge but has yet to enter a plea on the remaining charges.
Police allege the disorderly behaviour and failure to obey occurred in February, when Mr Ryan failed to comply with a move-on notice from a local shopping centre.
Later that same day it is alleged Mr Ryan caused disruptions to traffic on Durlacher Street by moving in front of passing vehicles. Police apprehended Mr Ryan, where it is further alleged he got into a verbal argument with officers.
When Mr Ryan appeared over video-link, Magistrate Donna Webb asked if his partner, who was in the back of court, if she had anything to say. His partner said she would be happy to have him return, as long as he controlled himself on the “drink”.
Ms Webb allowed Mr Ryan four weeks of bail with a personal undertaking and the condition he did not consume alcohol and agreed to submit to breath testing.
On that decision Mr Ryan told the court he was happy to be back with his partner, who he loved and planned to marry one day in Yalgoo, to which Ms Webb replied she would attend if Mr Ryan could avoid drinking alcohol during his bail period.
Mr Ryan will next appear in the same court on April 21.