Drunk man ’scared wit­nesses’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MO­TI­VATED by al­leged racial slurs and car trou­ble, a Monto man has been fined for yelling abuse and do­ing burnouts out­side a North Bur­nett school.

Biloela Mag­is­trates Court heard that on Novem­ber 27 last year, an in­tox­i­cated Clif­ford Wil­liams was out­side St Therese’s Catholic Pri­mary School dur­ing af­ter-school pick-up and yelling abuse at par­ents, staff and stu­dents.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Clancy Fox told the court that Wil­liams’ be­hav­iour scared wit­nesses.

“There were sev­eral wit­nesses who in­di­cated that Mr Wil­liams was scream­ing ob­scen­i­ties … to­ward staff, par­ents and stu­dents,” the prose­cu­tor said.

A res­i­dent con­tacted po­lice at 3.10pm when they saw Wil­liams, 58, driv­ing in his yard across from the school do­ing burnouts and swear­ing at adults and chil­dren.

When the po­lice officers ar­rived, there was dust in the air and Wil­liams was re­vers­ing the ve­hi­cle back into his drive­way.

When ap­proached by po­lice, Wil­liams be­came ag­gres­sive, hurled abuse at the officers while telling them to get out of his yard, and wav­ing his hands around.

Wil­liams recorded a BAC read­ing of .131.

De­fence lawyer Bran­don Selic said Wil­liams, whose li­cence had been dis­qual­i­fied, was be­ing driven home by his part­ner when the car be­came stuck in the yard.

Wil­liams told Mag­is­trate Philippa Beck­in­sale that he had been the vic­tim of al­leged racial slurs by schoolkids in the area and that formed part of the rea­son for his be­hav­iour that day.

Wil­liams was con­victed and fined $200 for pub­lic nui­sance and con­victed and fined $950 for the driv­ing of­fence.

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