Guilty find on party bed­lam

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

A TOWNSVILLE teen has made le­gal history, be­com­ing the first per­son in Queens­land to be found guilty of or­gan­is­ing an out- of- con­trol party.

Markino Lawrence Car­ba­jal, 18, was given a 12- month good be­hav­iour bond of $ 1000 and or­dered to pay $ 1939.74 in com­pen­sa­tion to po­lice.

Car­ba­jal ( pic­tured) was found guilty in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court yesterday af­ter or­gan­is­ing a sur­prise party for a friends on March 15 last year which spi­ralled into chaos af­ter about 100 youths turned up.

Mag­is­trate Steven Mosch said re­spon­si­ble adults should have been or­gan­ised to su­per­vise the party and the 10 friends Car­ba­jal asked to act as se­cu­rity weren’t suf­fi­cient.

“There is no ev­i­dence to sug- gest the de­fen­dant had any plan in place to reg­u­late en­try to and from the event, other than by clos­ing the gates,” he said.

“Gate­crash­ers were able to gain en­try to the event sim­ply by open­ing the gates.

“There is no ev­i­dence any of these friends were in any way dis­tin­guish­able as su­per­vi­sion or any plan in place in how these 10 friends would deal with any bad be­hav­iour.”

Un­der new leg­is­la­tion, a per­son who holds an out- of­con­trol event can es­cape con­vic­tion if they prove they took rea­son­able steps to pre­vent the party get­ting out of hand. Party or­gan­is­ers can also be made to pay com­pen­sa­tion to cover the cost of po­lice re­spond­ing to out- of- con­trol events.

A to­tal of 17 po­lice crews were called to Car­ba­jal’s Gul­liver bash to dis­perse par­ty­go­ers who were smash­ing bot­tles in the street, brawl­ing and dam­ag­ing prop­erty. A bot­tle was also thrown at a po­lice of­fi­cer, hit­ting her in the neck.

Car­ba­jal could have faced up to 18 months in prison or a $ 12,000 fine un­der the laws.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Scott Geeves said his client’s party was at the lower end of of­fend­ing, with only one fence dam­aged, and the in­ci­dent had caused the teen “con­sid­er­able stress”.

“He ( Car­ba­jal) tells me it has caused no end of ar­gu­ment and stress at home. It has brought a de­gree of shame on his fam­ily,” Mr Greeves said.

Mr Geeves said his client had no crim­i­nal history.

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

TOP AID: YWAM vol­un­teers Jason Salawa­gen, Dex­ter Bird, Grace Fave and Kelly Sul­li­van with the MV YWAM PNG.

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