Thongs lead to security assault
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.