Man has the 21st birthday from hell
A PERSON’S 21st birthday is supposed to be a milestone they’ll never forget but for one Cannonvale man, it’s going to be remembered forever for all the wrong reasons.
Dean Branden Bobak was celebrating his 21st birthday at the Hotel Metropole function room on the night of May 13 when things began to unravel.
Police Prosecutor Bernhard Berger told Monday’s sitting of Proserpine Magistrates Court that Bobak left the venue around 10.30pm and went outside to the footpath where he hid behind a parked car.
He then jumped out, landing on top of the roof of an oncoming car as it was still moving, damaging the aerial and falling onto the road.
The driver stopped immediately and Bobak appeared unconscious.
While the driver was assisting, people at the party came out to see what had happened and found the birthday boy lying on the road.
They dragged him to the side of the road and Police were called before the heavily intoxicated Bobak was transported to Proserpine Hospital.
However, his night only got worse.
Around 11.10pm police were called to the hospital following reports of an aggressive patient.
Mr Berger said police found Bobak acting “highly aggressive and thrashing about” and reported he was “trying to bite nurses”.
Police were then forced to physically restrain him.
While they were holding him down, he continued to struggle and started kicking his legs.
At one point, he allegedly kicked one police officer in the shoulder before striking another one with a kick to the back of his head.
The sedatives began to kick in but Bobak continued yelling at staff and police saying “f*** you all”.
The incident was heard by elderly patients and a mother and child waiting in the hospital.
Bobak was kept for observation but was not found to have any injuries or drugs in his system.
Duty lawyer Cleo Rewald said Bobak didn’t normally drink heavily and he couldn’t recall the incident.
“The last thing he recalls is cutting the cake. He has no idea why he left the venue or why he decided to act in that manner,” she said. “He doesn’t recall being transported by the ambulance... (or) the behaviour displayed at the hospital.
“He is extremely remorseful for his actions and how he behaved. It can only be put down to the amount of alcohol he consumed and perhaps exacerbated by the fact he was knocked unconscious.”
In sentencing, Magistrate Ron Muirhead said Bobak came before the court with no history and it appeared out of character.
“On this night you obviously had far too much to drink... and things went downhill,” he said.
Bobak was placed on 15 months’ probation and fined $2000.
“A message has to be sent to the community that this type of behaviour is not on. If you were a bit older you would be going to jail,” Mr Muirhead warned.