$1000 fine af­ter ‘all out fist fight’

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A 21-YEAR-OLD man in­volved in an “all out fist fight” in Air­lie Beach has been fined $1000 and banned from li­censed premises in the Safe Night Precinct from 8pm-6am for one year.

Kodie Grant Sadler was at Air­lie’s Mama Africa night­club at 12.17am on May 5 when he saw his friend “king hit” an­other man and joined in the fight spark­ing a large brawl across the dance floor the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court was told.

As he was be­ing evicted, Sadler punched an­other ran­dom man walk­ing up the stairs into the club, po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said.

Duty lawyer Cleo Re­wald said she was in the court’s hands in terms of penalty, hav­ing few cases to com­pare this with from her home­town of Bowen.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist agreed Bowen didn’t seem to have the same “fairy dust” as Air­lie Beach when the sun went down.

“It’s just thug­gery,” he told Sadler, adding this was a se­ri­ous case of un­pro­voked and gra­tu­itous vi­o­lence.

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