Thongs lead to se­cu­rity as­sault

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A SOL­DIER who served with dis­tinc­tion in Iraq and his wife have been fined $ 1400 for as­sault­ing se­cu­rity guards who evicted them from an Ir­ish pub be­cause the hus­band was wear­ing thongs.

Scott Llewellyn Trol­lope, 29, and Mandy Lee McIver, 23, pleaded guilty in the Townsville Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day to five charges in­clud­ing com­mon as­sault and fail­ing to leave a li­censed premises.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Mel Wil­son said po­lice were called to the Kir­wan Ir­ish Fin­negan’s on Oc­to­ber 9, 2010, at 10.30pm af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with two se­cu­rity guards.

‘‘ Mr Trol­lope was ini­tially asked to leave the pub­lic bar be­cause he was wear­ing rub­ber thongs – which is in­ap­pro­pri­ate footwear,’’ Ms Wil­son said.

The pros­e­cu­tor said an ar­gu­ment broke out and Trol­lope punched the first guard in the face.

McIver then struck the same guard twice in the chest, kneed him in the groin, jumped on his back, struck him in the face, pulled his hair, knocked his glasses to the ground and scratched his neck with her nails.

A sec­ond se­cu­rity guard also copped some punches and a kick to the groin by the fe­male de­fen­dant.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Greg Lyn­ham said Trol­lope, an in­fantry bat­tal­ion sol­dier with 2RAR, and McIver, a hos­pi­tal­ity worker, had un­blem­ished his­to­ries and did not cause any sig­nif­i­cant in­juries.

Mr Lyn­ham ex­plained that his two clients were in­tox­i­cated on the night af­ter start­ing off at Cac­tus Jack’s, in the Wil­lows, for a friend’s birth­day with two oth­ers.

The group then moved on to the Ir­ish pub where se­cu­rity of­fi­cers al­lowed them in but soon evicted them.

‘‘ They were in­side for three min­utes when they were told they were not per­mit­ted to re­main in ho­tel premises be­cause of Mr Trol­lope’s footwear,’’ Mr Lyn­ham said.

‘‘ The group had a dis­cus­sion and de­cided to leave but a guard ap­proached McIver with a raised voice.’’

Mr Lyn­ham said the guard spoke close to the face of McIver caus­ing Trol­lope to strike out and the sit­u­a­tion they found them­selves in led to the in­ci­dent es­ca­lat­ing.

‘‘ The cir­cum­stances de­te­ri­o­rated and it is fair to say the pair over­re­acted to that,’’ Mr Lyn­ham told the court.

Mag­is­trate Brian Smith con­ceded the hus­band and wife were re­morse­ful, but gave them a stern lec­ture about their ‘‘ good night that ended up in disas­ter’’.

‘‘ Mr Trol­lope you served your coun­try with dis­tinc­tion . . . it wasn’t the place or time to de­fend your­self, and you should have known that as a sol­dier,’’ the mag­is­trate said.

‘‘ Ms McIver, my dear, you cer­tainly were a hand­ful on this oc­ca­sion and in such a short pe­riod of time.’’

Mag­is­trate Smith said it was not ac­cept­able to wear thongs in a bar and most peo­ple would agree with these con­di­tions.

Trol­lope was f i ned $ 750 and McIver was fined $ 650 – but the pair did not have con­vic­tions recorded against them.

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