Man sent to prison for being public nuisance
A MAN who appeared in court on Monday charged with a public nuisance offence will spend the next two months behind bars.
Stefan Brook Derepas was involved in a fight against two other men outside Magnums, Airlie Beach, on May 25 at 11pm.
Less than two hours later, police were alerted to another fight outside the Mama Africa nightclub, involving the same people.
Derepas had allegedly punched his opponents, both of whom had split lips.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said Derepas told police “these cowboys were with his girlfriend and shouldn’t have been so he showed them”.
Ms Cassells said this was a serious public nuisance offence that warranted a term of imprisonment.
“It was protracted and it involved significant violence,” she said.
Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said Derepas had relocated from the Gold Coast to Airlie Beach to start afresh after a period of offending that led to a jail sentence.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist noted the offence happened just six days after Derepas was paroled from a nine-month jail term arising from a charge of assault. He said Derepas’ history was “littered with like offending”.
“It’s your history that’s against you... particularly that you were released on parole for offences of violence six days prior,” he said.
Derepas was sentenced to four months imprisonment with a parole eligibility date of August 23.
Mr Stjernqvist said he hoped the sentence would be a deterrent, not just to Derepas but to others within the community, given the prevalence of this type of offending in Airlie Beach.