‘ Mates’ for party se­cu­rity

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

A TOWNSVILLE teen on trial for or­gan­is­ing an out- of- con­trol party has told court he del­e­gated the role of se­cu­rity to 10 of his mates, be­cause that’s what good lead­ers do.

Markino Lawrence Car­ba­jal, 18, gave ev­i­dence in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court yesterday dur­ing day two of his trial where he said he had or­gan­ised par­ties be­fore and knew to register events with Queens­land Po­lice.

Car­ba­jal said he only in­vited 40 peo­ple through pri­vate in­vites on Face­book but more than 100 turned up.

“It wasn’t the first party I’ve or­gan­ised,” Car­ba­jal said.

“I asked 10 of my friends to act as se­cu­rity,” he said. “A good leader will del­e­gate.”

Car­ba­jal be­came the first per­son to be charged un­der Queens­land’s new party laws af­ter he held a sur­prise party for a 16- year- old friend in Gul­liver on March 15, 2014.

More than 100 youths turned up be­fore they spilt on to the streets and started brawl­ing, dam­ag­ing prop­erty and smash­ing glass bot­tles.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Scott Geeves said his client took rea­son­able steps to try and stop the party get­ting out of con­trol, which can be a le­gal de­fence un­der the leg­is­la­tion.

“In all the cir­cum­stances he did end the event as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter peo­ple not in­vited en­tered where the party was tak­ing place,” he said. “The mea­sures which Mr Car­ba­jal put in place at the age of 17, such as reg­is­ter­ing the party, are very re­spon­si­ble.”

Gate­crash­ers be­gan turn­ing up to the party about 9.30pm and Car­ba­jal said he asked peo­ple to leave at 10.10pm.

At 11pm po­lice were called and an of­fi­cer had a can of bour­bon thrown at her which hit her on the neck.

Dur­ing cross- ex­am­i­na­tion by po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant John Moran, Car­ba­jal said pro­fes­sional se­cu­rity guards were not or­gan­ised.

“We didn’t hire any se­cu­rity,” he said.

“It was just a cel­e­bra­tion birth­day, it was noth­ing big.”

Sgt Moran said po­lice were con­cerned about the party when they ar­rived while on pa­trols about 10pm.

“Po­lice went there, they had con­cerns,” he said.

“There was no proper con­trol ex­erted at this party.

“It rolled on and turned into a mess.”

Car­ba­jal smiled as he left court, telling the Townsville Bul­letin he didn’t re­gret or­gan­is­ing the party.

The trial was ad­journed af­ter clos­ing sub­mis­sions were com­pleted yesterday.

A ver­dict is ex­pected to be handed down by Mag­is­trate Steven Mosch on July 8.

Pic­ture: SHAE BE­PLATE

EV­I­DENCE: Party or­gan­iser Markino Lawrence Car­ba­jal leaves Townsville court yesterday.

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