Man does naked run dur­ing fire

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A MAN who stripped naked and ran down Air­lie Beach’s main street while a nearby build­ing was en­gulfed in flames has been fined $1000.

Zachariah James Guil­foyle, 23, of Air­lie Beach, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day to wil­ful ex­po­sure and com­mit­ting pub­lic nui­sance within the vicin­ity of li­censed premises.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert Beamish told the court Guil­foyle stripped naked and ran down the main street from near Boom night­club to near Base Back­pack­ers be­fore be­ing stopped by po­lice about 12.20am on Oc­to­ber 20.

Mr Beamish said at the time, po­lice were at­tend­ing the fire which had re­quired peo­ple to be evac­u­ated into the street.

The court was told Guil­foyle had to be wres­tled to the ground by po­lice af­ter his run.

Guil­foyle’s so­lic­i­tor, Danny Yar­row, said his client had been drink­ing heav­ily that night and he could not re­call why he acted that way.

“The con­cern­ing as­pect is po­lice were tied up at the time and he drew them away from that,” Mr Yar­row said.

In fin­ing Guil­foyle, Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young told him what he had done was “in­cred­i­bly stupid and po­ten­tially in­cred­i­bly dan­ger­ous”.

No con­vic­tion was recorded against Guil­foyle by the court.

PHOTO: MONIQUE PRE­STON

STREAKER: A man has been fined for run­ning naked down the main street of Air­lie Beach as fire­fight­ers worked to put out a fire at the for­mer No­mads Car­a­van Park re­cep­tion build­ing and ser­vice sta­tion.

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