Proserpine Magistrate’s Court Big night out leads to ban from beach
A 50-YEAR OLD man who celebrated a $3000 pokie win just a little too hard, has been fined $1100, ordered to pay $330 restitution costs and banned from attending any licensed premises in the Airlie CBD for the next 12 months.
Christopher John Danalake appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday, charged with being drunk and disorderly in a licensed premises. He also pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and assault occasioning bodily harm.
At 10.10pm on February 21, police received an urgent call for assistance from security guards at Beaches bar on the Airlie Beach main street.
On arrival they saw Danalake pushing a security guard in the upper right chest and shoulder area.
Witnesses said Danalake shook the umbrella stands on numerous tables causing water to fall and drenching customers.
A woman reported his actions to security guards who evicted him.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said as he was being evicted Danalake slapped a woman on the right side of her face.
When police questioned him about this, he allegedly told them he did it “because of her loud mouth”.
Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said the night in question turned out to be much bigger than originally planned when Danalake’s son won $3000 on the pokie machines.
She said this resulted in Danalake consuming more alcohol than he was able to handle.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said these sorts of incidences were particularly prevalent in the Airlie CBD and he warned they could quickly escalate to “very unfortunate proportions” and result in dire consequences.
Convictions were recorded on all counts.