Spiderman antics land tourist in court
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.