No fight­ing chance for cop pusher

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS COURT -

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.

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