In­tox­i­cated pa­tron takes out anger on pot plant

The Western Star - - News -

A DAY of heavy drink­ing led to a Roma man fronting court, but he ar­gued he shouldn’t have been charged be­cause he didn’t re­mem­ber his crime.

Mark Si­mon Lewis faced Roma Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day and pleaded guilty to one charge of pub­lic nui­sance.

The court heard that on March 16 at 7.25pm, Lewis was drink­ing with his wife at the Club Ho­tel and was asked to leave by staff for be­ing too in­tox­i­cated.

The 48-year-old man walked out­side the ho­tel, be­fore mov­ing a sign and punch­ing it three times and then re­mov­ing a plant from a pot and throw­ing it on the ground.

At 7.45pm, Roma po­lice at­tended the scene and charged the de­fen­dant with pub­lic nui­sance. “I woke up and couldn’t re­mem­ber any­thing so I don’t think I should have been charged but I just want this over with,” he said. The de­fen­dant said he had writ­ten a let­ter of apol­ogy to the com­plainant.

Mag­is­trate Blanch fined Lewis $300.

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