COURT IN BRIEF
Where am I?
BENJAMIN Newbery Russell, 37, faced Proserpine Magistrates Court after he went on a bender in Airlie Beach on March 13 and ended up in the garden of Mantra Club Croc.
Police were called to Club Croc around 5am on March 14. They found Russell in the car park, heavily intoxicated, argumentative and refusing to answer their questions.
He got into a scuffle with police and was eventually subdued and arrested.
Staff at the hotel told police they had asked Russell what room he was staying in but he ignored them and went behind the reception desk, at which point a staff member had to lock themselves into an office.
A security guard told police Russell had said, “I’m staying in my backyard, what are you doing in my backyard?” He also swore and threw punches at the security guard.
Defence solicitor Jordana Abela said Russell had attended a function at the hotel earlier in the night and couldn’t recall how many drinks he’d consumed as he continued drinking in Airlie Beach.
“He went to Paddy’s Shenanigans and recalls drinking some Wild Turkey (but) unfortunately this is where his recollection of events ends. The next thing he recalls is being arrested by police,” she said.
Russell was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service within six months and fined $1000. He had no convictions recorded.
A NEIGHBOURHOOD feud hit boiling point around 4.55pm on December 27, when Darren Kenneth Schmidt, 39, went to talk to his neighbour after their daughter threw his son’s frisbee in the bin.
The court heard Schmidt was yelling obscenities and an argument took place before he threw a right hand punch at the neighbour, hitting him in the nose, as well as gouging at his eyes and getting him in a headlock.
When police arrived, Schmidt said he was sick of his neighbour’s dog barking and angry about the frisbee episode.
Defence solicitor Barbara Mendelsohn said there had been ongoing hostilities between the neighbours but the pair had recently come together to help clean up after Cyclone Debbie.
Schmidt was sentenced to four months imprisonment, wholly suspended for 12 months.
PICKING up his partner cost Brandon John Dearnley a $750 fine and disqualification from driving for six months.
Dearnley had been drinking since around 3pm on April 29 when he got the call at about 10.30pm that his partner needed a lift. The 36-year-old from Cannonvale was stopped by police on Tropic Rd, Cannonvale. He blew 0.132.
A RANDOM drug test cost Brett Lenny Peterson a $500 fine and the loss of his licence
for a month. Stopped on Waterson Way, Airlie Beach on March 5 around 10.55am, the 28-year-old from Mandalay tested positive for cannabis.
Police see everything
TRENT Matthew Richardson was fined $500 after police found a stash of drugs in his car at the Airlie Beach Woolworths car park.
Richardson, 32, from Manoora, was stopped for a breath test on April 17 around 4.40pm. A small plastic container with 1.2 grams of cannabis was subsequently found under the driver’s seat.
No conviction was recorded.
A VIOLENT outburst at the Whitsunday watch-house has resulted in a $650 fine for Natalie Jane Watkins, 28.
The Cannonvale woman arrived at the watch-house at 11.15pm on March 16, and eventually had to be placed in a violent detention cell.
No conviction was recorded.
Still worth it?
NATHAN William Rogers was
placed on drug diversion and a six-month $500 good behaviour bond after police found him in possession of 3.7 grams of cannabis and a water pipe, during a search on April 27 around 12.30pm at an address on Marathon St, Proserpine.
AN OBSERVANT police officer was the downfall of Mitchell Duncan Whitton and Rhys David Webb, found with three grams of chopped cannabis and a water pipe in a car on the Airlie Beach main street on April 27 around 8.55pm.
Whitton, 18, from Jubilee Pocket was ordered to attend drug diversion and placed on a six month $500 good behaviour bond. Webb, 21, from Cannonvale, was fined $500. There were no convictions recorded.
Three times over
STEPHEN Ryan, 48, from Midge Point blew 0.158 when pulled over by police around 11pm on March 10, on Bundesen Ave, Midge Point.
He was disqualified from
driving for seven months and fined $1200.
Slap and punch
BRENDAN Jake Langan, 18, from Mandalay, was at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre on November 12 when he approached, slapped and punched a man with a closed fist, captured on CCTV.
Magistrate Simon Young said it was unprovoked violence in a public place and fined him $1000 with no conviction recorded.
CURTIS James McMahon, 19 of Cannonvale, said he was drunk and couldn’t recall the incident when on April 12 around 9.30pm he smashed a cement block on a screen door at a unit complex in Airlie Beach. He was placed on a six month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $577.50 in restitution. No conviction was recorded.
FAILING to provide a breath sample resulted in a nine month licence suspension and
$1000 fine for Timothy Paul Westcott, 26, of Flametree.
Westcott was pulled over around 9.45pm on April 2 on Shute Harbour Rd. He said he had drunk two full strength beers. However, back at the Whitsunday watch-house, police could not provide a qualified person to take the official sample. He was eventually transferred to the Proserpine Police Station and at 12am finally asked to provide a sample but refused.
KYLE Christopher Graham’s refusal to leave the Airlie Beach Safe Night Precinct cost him a $400 fine.
Police were stopped by security on March 12 around 12.30am and issued the 20-year-old from Bowen a move on direction which he disobeyed.
MITCHELL Scott Lloyd was fined $750 and ordered to pay $800 in restitution for smashing his partner’s phone.
The matter was dealt with in his absence.