Ap­palling be­hav­iour lands tourist in court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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