Appalling behaviour lands tourist in court
AN 18-year-old Canadian tourist was chastised for her “appalling behaviour” in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court this week.
Destiny Fettu-Moreno was brought to court in police custody, charged with being refused entry to licensed premises, assaulting and obstructing police and wilfully damaging police property.
The court heard that at 1am on July 13, a highly intoxicated Fettu-Moreno was seen attempting to re-enter Airlie’s Mama Africa nightclub after entry had been refused.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said she ran past a security guard while he was busy with another patron, climbed a rope and pushed to the front of the queue, where she held out her hand for an entry stamp.
Ms Smith said Fettu-Moreno was escorted off the premises but refused to walk with police to their vehicle, instead tensing and twisting her body so that police were forced to use restraint. Before being placed in the police vehicle, Fettu-Moreno was searched. Ms Smith said she lashed out at police, kicking one of the arresting officers in the right leg.
After she was transported to the watch house, Fettu-Moreno demanded to use the toilet.
Ms Smith said her holding cell contained a toilet but she nonetheless pulled her underwear down and urinated on the floor while staring at police.
Fettu-Moreno was later released on bail, with a condition not to attend any licensed premises in the Whitsunday Regional Council area or consume liquor in the Airlie CBD. On August 3, police patrolling the Airlie CBD saw her leaving Magnums Hotel and arrested her
Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said on the night of July 13, Fettu-Moreno had been celebrating a friend’s birthday with a group of people.
Ms Meade said Canadians were not legally entitled to drink alcohol until the age of 19, so attending licensed premises was a relatively new experience for Fettu-Moreno.
She pleaded with magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist that this was “just a young girl” and claimed there were personal reasons why Fettu-Moreno over-reacted to police restraint.
“What was her excuse for the disgraceful act in the watch house?” Mr Stjernqvist replied.
“[This was] appalling behaviour in all aspects.”
Fettu-Moreno was fined a total of $880 but no convictions were recorded on any count.