Rare act with­out al­co­hol

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A 52-YEAR-OLD woman who walked down the main street of Air­lie Beach wear­ing only her un­der­wear on Fri­day, July 12, pleaded guilty to com­mit­ting a pub­lic nui­sance of­fence at Mon­day’s sit­ting of the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court.

Shirley Wil­son was seen walk­ing down Shute Har­bour Road at 11.10am by mem­bers of the pub­lic who re­ported her be­hav­iour to po­lice.

Po­lice were told she was ly­ing in the mid­dle of the road and also walk­ing in the way of pedes­tri­ans on the foot­path.

On ar­riv­ing in Air­lie Beach, po­lice found the un­der­wear-clad Wil­son on the out­side deck of the Down Un­der Bar.

The for­mer Vic­to­rian res­i­dent then headed down the main street say­ing Queens­land was an up­side-down state.

She ap­par­ently re­fused po­lice re­quests to put her dress back on.

Wil­son had no an­swer for mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist when he asked if she had changed her opin­ion about Queens­land.

“It’s a bit bizarre be­hav­iour isn’t it?” he said.

“It was spon­ta­neous,” she replied.

Mr St­jern­qvist also noted it was rare to en­counter a pub­lic nui­sance of­fence where no al­co­hol was in­volved.

Wil­son was fined $330 but no con­vic­tion was recorded against her for the of­fence.

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