Rebel bikie fronts Proser­pine Court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN in­volved with the NSW Chap­ter of the Rebels motorcycle gang has been or­dered to pay $4585.90 in resti­tu­tion after a night out in Air­lie Beach.

Ricky An­thony Ciano was brought to the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court in po­lice cus­tody last Fri­day morn­ing charged with wil­ful dam­age, pub­lic nui­sance and be­ing drunk and disor­derly in a li­censed premises.

The court heard that at 12.30am on Oc­to­ber 16, Ciano was drink­ing with friends at Paddy’s Shenani­gans in Air­lie Beach.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said he was heav­ily in­tox­i­cated and be­came im­pa­tient while wait­ing to be served.

Ms Smith said Ciano broke an ex­pen­sive wooden nip board con­tain­ing elec­tronic nip-pour­ers, be­fore threat­en­ing staff that he would burn the place down.

She said staff then alerted se­cu­rity guards who es­corted Ciano to the front door, where he yelled out, “I’m Ricky from the Rebels, pride and true, and I’m un­con­victed”.

Po­lice viewed CCTV footage of the in­ci­dent and started a search of Air­lie Beach hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion as a re­sult.

Ciano was ar­rested at 11.45am at Man­grove Jacks.

On his ar­rival at court, mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist noted Ciano had a his­tory of “get­ting drunk and throw­ing his weight around”.

De­fence solic­i­tor Dar­ren Ma­hony, from Ja­cob­sen Ma­hony Lawyers, ad­mit­ted Ciano was drunk at the time of com­mit­ting the of­fence and said this was “just silly be­hav­iour”.

Nonethe­less, he asked Mr St­jern­qvist to con­sider the ex­pense of more than $4500 to re­place the nip-pour­ers that his client would now be li­able for.

Mr Ma­hony said Ciano, a half­back with a rugby league team, had flown up from NSW on the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 15, to cel­e­brate the end of the foot­ball sea­son in Air­lie Beach.

He said Ciano and his friends started drink­ing at the air­port at 8.15am “and then they con­tin­ued”.

He said Ciano didn’t re­mem­ber mak­ing threats to se­cu­rity or staff.

Mr St­jern­qvist noted Ciano’s body lan­guage through­out the pro­ceed­ings at court.

He or­dered Ciano to pay the resti­tu­tion of $4585.90 and fined him $1200.

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