Tongue in cheek

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A MOUNT Jukes man sub­ject to a Safe Night Precinct ban told po­lice he en­tered Beaches Bar and Grill on July 9 be­cause his mate had a heart at­tack and needed to be res­cued.

This “cheeky” re­mark did not help Daniel Jon Bamp­ton, 47, in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court af­ter po­lice re­vealed there was no ev­i­dence to es­tab­lish this.

CCTV footage also showed Bamp­ton had en­tered Mag­nums on June 18 de­spite the ban be­ing in place at this time.

De­fence Lawyer El­iz­a­beth Smith said Bamp­ton did not mis­lead po­lice and was just “be­ing smart”. “It was an off­hand re­mark, he didn’t take it any fur­ther and didn’t main­tain it with po­lice,” she said. Bamp­ton was fined $1000 and his SNP ban was ex­tended a fur­ther six months.

A con­vic­tion was recorded.

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