STREETFIGHTING ENDS WITH JAIL
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.