Hunting knife found at hostel
A MAN who was found at an Airlie Beach hostel with a 30cm hunting knife has been fined $800.
Callum James Rutherford appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with possessing a knife in a public place, obstructing police and wilfully damaging police property.
At 11.15pm on September 25, police were called to Magnums Hotel where Rutherford had been evicted from the licensed premises and had returned to his room.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said the three other tourists sharing the room reported that Rutherford was aggressive and had a knife.
Police subsequently found Rutherford asleep in a bunk at the hostel with the hunting knife in his backpack. He reportedly said he had been recently “bashed” and bought the knife for protection.
Ms Smith said Rutherford became aggressive with police and had to be physically res- trained.
She said he kicked the sides of the police vehicle and on arrival to the watch house was immediately placed in a violent detention cell.
Ms Smith also said Rutherford spat on the walls of the cell requiring specialist cleaning and sanitation at a cost of $100.
Duty lawyer Lachlan Ygoa-McKeown said the 30-year-old didn’t recall making threats to his room-mates but didn’t deny having the knife in a public place.
He also submitted that Rutherford presented in “a very intense way”, which, combined with his level of intoxication from alcohol, led to some “miscommunication” on that night.
Mr Ygoa-McKeown explained the spitting by saying that Rutherford had a condition which caused a build-up of phlegm. He said that without having a toilet in his cell, Rutherford found it necessary to spit on the wall. In addition to the $800 fine, magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist ordered Rutherford to pay $100 in restitution costs.