Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court Big night out leads to ban from beach

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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