Man sent to prison for be­ing pub­lic nui­sance

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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