Drunken violence leads to $2200 fine
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.