Guilty find on party bedlam
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.
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