Cur­few to cur­tail drink­ing con­cerns

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AN AIR­LIE Beach man who was brought to the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court in po­lice cus­tody on Mon­day has been banned from at­tend­ing li­censed premises and will no longer be able to visit the Air­lie CBD be­tween the hours of 9pm and 6am af­ter hav­ing a cur­few im­posed on him.

James Ron­ald Davis started down the path to what mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist de­scribed as a “dry zone” at 1.35am on De­cem­ber 1, when he was is­sued with a move-on di­rec­tion, re­quir­ing him to leave the Air­lie CBD.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Re­becca Mc­Don­ald said Davis told po­lice “I live here, you can’t tell me to leave”.

She said he con­tin­ued to ar­gue, say­ing po­lice could ar­rest him, which they even­tu­ally did.

When Davis was bailed, it was on the con­di­tion that he would not en­ter any li­censed premises in the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil (WRC) area.

How­ever, on De­cem­ber 6, at 10.32pm, he was seen be­ing evicted from Mag­nums Ho­tel.

Po­lice gave him an­other move-on di­rec­tion but at mid­night se­cu­rity from Mag­nums re­ported he was back.

The 31-year-old was ar­rested but re­fused to com­ply with direc­tions and strug­gled with po­lice.

Sgt Mc­Don­ald said po­lice were now seek­ing an of­fi­cial ban­ning or­der given that Davis ap­peared to have “prob­lems ad­her­ing to any di­rec­tion”.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade ar­gued that if a ban­ning or­der was im­posed Davis was likely to end up back in court. She said Davis lived very close to the Air­lie CBD and was now ex­tremely clear about how to be­have, hav­ing spent the past two nights in a cell.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said Davis was like a “moth to a flame” and part of the “ugly face of Air­lie Beach” con­sist­ing of in­tox­i­cated, dis­or­derly and ar­gu­men­ta­tive peo­ple. He im­posed a $660 fine, banned Davis from all li­censed premises in the WRC area and im­posed the cur­few, specif­i­cally for the Air­lie CBD area, be­tween the round­abouts of Water­son Way and Coconut Grove, for six months.

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