Drunken slap

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AN AF­TER­NOON of heavy drink­ing that ended in slap­ping a girl’s but­tocks left Mar­cus Daniel Grainger with a $1500 hole in his pocket.

The 32-year-old Air­lie Beach man was drink­ing with friends in town on the af­ter­noon of Au­gust 21, 2016.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said around 4pm, Grainger was at Breeze Bar with his friends when he was told he was too in­tox­i­cated and be­gan abus­ing a staff mem­ber.

Po­lice were called but Grainger and his friends had moved on to KC’s Bar and Grill. Grainger stood up as a group of fe­male friends walked past KC’s, put­ting his hand out and say­ing “give me a high five you punk b ****** ”. He then ran be­hind them, stand­ing on the back of one of the girls’ thongs. As she bent down to get it, he slapped her on the but­tocks.

“It was com­pletely out of line and his com­ments were un­nec­es­sary, rude and also of­fen­sive... (but) he meant no ac­tual harm,” so­lic­i­tor David Fitzger­ald said.

Plead­ing guilty to both pub­lic nui­sance and com­mon as­sault, Grainger was fined $1500.

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