Intoxicated patron takes out anger on pot plant
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.