STREETFIGHTING ENDS WITH JAIL

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Two streetfighting of­fences have re­sulted with the Ma­reeba Mag­is­trates Court en­ter­ing a cus­to­dial sen­tence. The two fights oc­curred on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, the first at 1am Oc­to­ber 17 and the sec­ond at 2pm Novem­ber 5. The court heard Valen­tine Au­gustin Flower was in­tox­i­cated on both oc­ca­sions and had phys­i­cal and ver­bal al­ter­ca­tions with males. On the first of­fence he was fight­ing three males in the mid­dle of the street and prior to po­lice ar­riv­ing he was loud and yelling at peo­ple to fight him. The sec­ond oc­ca­sion had po­lice ar­rive on the scene but Flower was un­able to pro­vide a co­her­ent ver­sion of events. Flower was ar­rested and breathal­ysed re­turn­ing a 0.169 BAC. Flower’s lawyer Scott An­der­son said he sim­ply had too much to drink and would be at­tend­ing Shanty Creek Ther­a­peu­tic Com­mu­nity. Act­ing mag­is­trate Raimund Heg­gie be­fore hand­ing down his sen­tence said Flower’s be­hav­iour on both oc­cas­sions was en­tirely un­ac­cept­able and street fight­ing was not on. “This could have es­ca­lated into some­thing worse,” he said. “You could have been se­ri­ously in­u­jured.” Flower was sen­tenced to six months in jail which will be served cu­mu­la­tively and was el­i­gi­ble for pa­role on Novem­ber 6.

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