Spi­der­man an­tics land tourist in court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ANAMER­I­CAN tourist who ar­rived at Mon­day’s sit­ting of the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court in a leg brace and on crutches, was de­scribed by his so­lic­i­tor as lucky to be alive.

Vin­cent Karlo Za­gar pleaded guilty to en­gag­ing in an un­reg­u­lated high risk ac­tiv­ity.

The court heard that on May 31 at 4.30am, clean­ers no­ticed Za­gar on the roof of the Air­lie Beach Ho­tel. Ho­tel pa­trons also saw him climb­ing out­side and ad­ja­cent to their rooms.

Po­lice ar­rived on the scene at 4.55am and at­tempted to speak with the 25-year-old work­ing hol­i­day-maker.

He al­legedly called to them “let’s play a game called catch me if you can”.

As Za­gar tried to climb from a sec­ond to a third floor bal­cony, he slipped, hit­ting a shade sail re­tain­ing rail, be­fore fall­ing to the ground. Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade said this sort of be­hav­iour was out of char­ac­ter for the Penn­syl­va­nian who worked as a school coun­sel­lor in the United States.

She said Za­gar had bro­ken his spine, frac­tured his an­kle and suf­fered facial abra­sions re­quir­ing stitches as a re­sult of his fall.

“He’s a very lucky man to be sit­ting here in court be­fore us,” she said, adding that “Mr Za­gar has duly suf­fered for his ac­tions”.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist sug­gested Za­gar had been “watch­ing too much TV”.

“It was very stupid your hon­our,” Za­gar replied.

“That’s an un­der­state­ment,” Mr St­jern­qvist said.

Za­gar was placed on a good be­hav­iour bond of $500 for six months. His visa ex­pires on Oc­to­ber 1.

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