Probation for public nuisance
A PROSERPINE man who committed a public nuisance offence after drinking enough to black-out has been placed on probation for the next 12 months.
Justin Phillip Baxter was also banned from all licensed premises in Proserpine for one year after pleading guilty as charged in court this week.
At 11pm on February 6, police were patrolling the Proserpine main street when they noticed a disturbance at the entrance to the Prince of Wales Hotel.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said Baxter had been refused entry due to his level of intoxication. She said as police approached, he gave them the “middle finger” and announced “you c**ts can get f***ed, I’m going in there”.
The court was told Baxter had to be led to the police car where he became more aggressive, attempting to kick the pod. According to Ms Smith he was restrained for his own safety and taken to the watch house.
Defence solicitor Zoe Craven from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) said the 24-year-old had stopped drinking after this incident and sought professional help.
“[And] he has very little recollection,” she said.
“He believes he drank enough to basically have a complete black-out.”
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist suggested Ashton needed to broaden his vocabulary and learn to express himself better.
“How many times have police been on the end of some diatribe from you in the past?” he asked.
“Many times – I can see that from your history.
“It’s water off a duck’s back to them – you’re just embarrassing yourself.”