Man has the 21st birth­day from hell

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

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