Drunken vi­o­lence leads to $2200 fine

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

JOSHUA Richard Lep­pard was fined $2200 and or­dered to pay $500 in com­pen­sa­tion costs af­ter plead­ing guilty to a charge of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

At 3.35am on June 30, Lep­pard was in the McDon­ald’s restau­rant in Air­lie Beach, where the court heard he com­plained about his food.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said the 36year-old was asked to leave due to his ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour but he re­fused.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Cas­sells when a se­cu­rity guard in­ter­vened, Lep­pard pushed him in the chest, punched him in the face twice and wres­tled with him for a short time. She said he punched the se- cu­rity guard again and pushed him into a tree caus­ing him to fall to the ground.

By­standers even­tu­ally man­aged to pull Lep­pard off the se­cu­rity guard and he de­camped on foot.

Mean­while Ms Cas­sells said the se­cu­rity guard was left with scratches, cuts and bruis­ing to his cheek, eye, fore­head and neck.

Po­lice at­tempted to con­tact Lep­pard af­ter re­view­ing CCTV footage of the in­ci­dent. He al­legedly told them he was mov­ing from the area and a war­rant was is­sued for his ar­rest.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade said Lep­pard had at­tended a 50th birth­day where he con­sumed a quan­tity of al­co­hol that night. She said his McDon­ald’s chicken nuggets were cold and he at­tempted to com­plain, dur­ing which time the se­cu­rity guard in­ter­vened.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist told the Dysart res­i­dent this sort of drunken vi­o­lence was so preva­lent in Air­lie Beach that places like McDon­ald’s needed se­cu­rity guards.

“There are a lot of people that come to Air­lie Beach and get on the al­co­hol,” he said.

“They ar­rive with­out a con­vic­tion and leave with one.”

In Lep­pard’s case, Mr St­jern­qvist agreed not to record a con­vic­tion, due to his lack of hisory, young age and the im­pli­ca­tions it might have on fu­ture over­seas travel.

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