Se­cu­rity guard punched

Woman’s sus­pended prison sen­tence for as­sault at Air­lie Beach bar

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Monique Pre­ston monique.pre­ston@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

A WOMAN who punched a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer af­ter he tried to eject her from an Air­lie Beach nightspot has been given a two-month sus­pended prison sen­tence.

Stacey Louise Hober, 44, of Ju­bilee Pocket, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court to com­mon as­sault in a pub­lic place while ad­versely af­fected by an in­tox­i­cat­ing sub­stance, com­mit­ting pub­lic nui­sance within the vicin­ity of li­censed premises and pos­sess­ing dan­ger­ous drugs.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert Beamish told the court Hober punched a Paddy’s Shenani­gans Ir­ish Bar se­cu­rity guard in the right bi­cep when he asked her to leave the pub about 1am.

She then con­tin­ued to kick out at se­cu­rity guards be­fore walk­ing to the rope­d­off en­trance to the venue, Mr Beamish said.

Hober walked away, be­fore com­ing back to the venue and grab­bing on to a bol­lard pole hold­ing the rope and kick­ing out at se­cu­rity guards again, Mr Beamish said.

He told the court se­cu­rity noted Hober was “un­steady on her feet” and “slur­ring her words” at the time of the as­sault.

The court heard when Hober was taken back to the po­lice sta­tion, her hand­bag was searched, with po­lice find­ing 0.5 grams of cannabis in it.

Solic­i­tor Danny Yar­row said his client had at­tended a work func­tion that night and had con­sumed too much al­co­hol and de­cided to stay out.

While ad­mit­ting Hober had been be­fore the court be­fore on com­mon as­sault and drunk and dis­or­derly charges, he pointed out that the se­cu­rity guard on this oc­ca­sion was not se­ri­ously in­jured in the as­sault.

“There were no last­ing in­juries for se­cu­rity,” he said.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young sen­tenced Hoban to two months prison, sus­pended for six months, on the as­sault charge.

He also or­dered she com­plete 100 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice on all charges.

Hoban was also banned from the Air­lie Beach Safe Night Precinct from 6pm to 6am ev­ery day for 12 months, and is not al­lowed to en­ter li­censed premises at all in this area for the next year.

❝ There were no last­ing in­juries for se­cu­rity.

— Danny Yar­row

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