Man fined for disgraceful act
A VICTORIAN man seen defecating in the Airlie Beach lagoon returned to the region this week for an appearance in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court.
Broderick Ken Fraser previously tried to plead guilty in writing to the wilful damage charge but magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist refused to deal with the matter in his absence, saying his appearance in court was required.
The 24-year-old was accompanied by his mother on Monday.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said security staff at the Airlie Beach lagoon contacted police after they saw Fraser defecating in the children’s wading pool at 11.10pm on October 11. Ms Cassells said Fraser ran away from the pool and climbed a tree with a group of men.
She said when police approached, Fraser came down from the tree and admitted defecating in the pool, saying it was “something stupid to do”.
Duty lawyer Antoinette Morton said Fraser was remorseful for his behaviour and had suffered significant financial hardship as a result of making the journey to appear in court.
“He’s certainly learnt a very expensive and valuable lesson,” she said.
Mr Stjernqvist said this was a “disgraceful act” and a “vile display of disrespect” for a world-renowned attraction.
“Everyone comes from all over the world to have a swim in that lagoon,” he said.
Fraser was fined $500 and ordered to pay $500 in restitution costs. The amount of restitution was agreed between the parties present in court as Ms Cassells said Whitsunday Regional Council had not provided a restitution quote.
No conviction was recorded against Fraser for the offence.