Dis­grace to team banned from CBD

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

TRY­ING to have pleas of guilty from an event­ful night out in Air­lie Beach moved to the Cairns court was the first step in a dress­ing down for Bowen man Billy Jack Bauer.

Bauer’s lawyer, David Fitzger­ald, of Macrossan and Amiet, told Mon­day’s sit­ting of the Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court his 19-year-old client needed the mat­ters trans­ferred to fit in with his sched­ule as a cray­fish diver aboard a boat in the Tor­res Strait.

But Mag­is­trate Simon Young said this showed a con­tempt for the pro­cesses of the court.

It was 12.20am on June 4, when po­lice saw Bauer “play fight­ing” with a friend at an ATM queue on the main street of Air­lie Beach, be­fore grab­bing an­other un­known man from be­hind “in a kind of tackle”.

Pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Bauer be­came ag­gres­sive to­wards po­lice who ques­tioned him about the in­ci­dent and was is­sued a move-on di­rec­tion.

He then swore at po­lice and told them they could ar­rest him, which they did.

Mr Berger said Bauer re­sisted ar­rest but was over­pow­ered.

While Bauer was get­ting into the po­lice ve­hi­cle, Mr Berger said he at­tempted a “re­verse head-butt” and tried to kick one of the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers.

In his de­fence, Mr Fitzger­ald said on the day in ques­tion, Bauer had played a rep­re­sen­ta­tive game for the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans, which was their first loss of the year.

He said most of the team re­tired to Proser­pine’s Metropole Ho­tel af­ter the match, but at 10pm a few of them de­cided to head in to Air­lie Beach.

Mr Fitzger­ald ad­mit­ted there was some “silly be­hav­iour” on Bauer’s part but said he was re­morse­ful and there was noth­ing to sug­gest he’d had a pat­tern of this be­hav­iour.

Hav­ing played and coached rep­re­sen­ta­tive sport him­self, Mr Young chas­tised Bauer for the shame he had brought to his team.

“You have dis­graced the other­wise good name of the Brah­mans,” he said.

“So the next time the cel­e­bra­tions or com­mis­er­a­tions start at the Metropole, for you that’s where they end.”

He banned Bauer from the Air­lie Beach Safe Night Precinct for six months and fined him $1500, but did not record a con­vic­tion.

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