Volunteer’s cel­e­bra­tory night stains per­fect record

The Observer - - NEWS -

A TEENAGER with no crim­i­nal his­tory was given 60 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice in Glad­stone Mag­is­trates Court af­ter a day of vol­un­teer­ing ended in a vi­o­lent and drunken night out.

Orion Brown, 19, pleaded guilty to one com­mon as­sault charge and one public nui­sance charge on Tues­day.

Brown’s de­fence lawyer told Mag­is­trate Me­lanie Ho the of­fend­ing was very out of char­ac­ter for her “very quiet young client”.

She said Brown had been vol­un­teer­ing for a char­ity event in Glad­stone ear­lier that day and ended up drink­ing on an empty stom­ach and only four hours of sleep.

“It was a per­fect storm ... he’s given him­self quite a scare ... and re­alised he and al­co­hol don’t mix,” she said.

On June 10 this year, Brown was es­corted from the Reef Ho­tel af­ter be­com­ing ag­gres­sive to­ward other pa­trons.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Gavin Reece said once out­side, he be­gan in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple out on the bal­cony of the build­ing he had been forcibly re­moved from.

See­ing this, a se­cu­rity guard asked him to move fur­ther back, be­hind the premises’ ex­clu­sion zone, which prompted Brown to walk to­ward the vic­tim and yell “do you want to go?”.

He then punched the se­cu­rity guard and knocked him to the ground.

When po­lice later asked Brown what had hap­pened, he said he couldn’t re­mem­ber any­thing.

Po­lice took Brown home shortly af­ter, but he was found back out­side the Reef Ho­tel in the early hours of the next morn­ing.

Mr Reece said po­lice were called back to the area af­ter re­ports of two to three men fight­ing in the car park.

He said though Brown told of­fi­cers he had not started the fight, the other man said the fight broke out when the de­fen­dant had ap­proached a dif­fer­ent per­son, forc­ing him to get in­volved and try to in­ter­vene.

Mag­is­trate Me­lanie Ho was told since the event, which oc­curred over six months ago, Brown had not been in any trou­ble. She gave the young de­fen­dant from Bris­bane the ben­e­fit of no con­vic­tion recorded.

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