No fighting chance for cop pusher
ASHLEY Neville Norman had a night to forget when a street fight ended with him pushing a police officer.
Police prosecutor Bernhard Berger said police attended about 3.25am on May 1 after a number of calls from the public about a fight between two men in the street on Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach.
On Monday, Proserpine Magistrates Court heard police had to physically separate the pair after they announced themselves to the fighting men.
However, when Norman stood up, he pushed an officer and ran away.
Duty lawyer Cleo Rewald said a man had spilt a drink on Norman in Beaches and they had some words.
“Then when (Norman) walked outside, he was on his own and the other man started on him again. (Norman) was on his own and a scuffle broke out,” she said.
Magistrate Simon Young said the offences were “prevalent in the community, unfortunately”.
Norman was sentenced to 40 hours community service, to be completed within six months, fined $1000 and banned from the Airlie Beach Safe Night Precinct for six months. No convictions were recorded.