Fine for poker machine damage
A CANNONVALE woman who caused more than $400 damage to a poker machine after she hit it with a glass bottle has been fined $1000.
Brooke Underwood, 32, pleaded guilty in Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday to wilful damage and committing a public nuisance within licensed premises.
Prosecutor Robert Beamish told the court Underwood smashed a glass bottle into the panel of a poker machine in the gaming lounge at Magnums Hotel in Airlie Beach at 10.10pm on September 28.
She then smashed a plastic cup in the face of a man who was also in the gaming lounge, Mr Beamish said.
He said that in a police interview Underwood said she didn’t remember damaging the poker machine.
Representing herself in court, Underwood said she was out with a friend for a birthday and she had asked some men next to her how to use the poker machine and they said “if you don’t know how to use it, you shouldn’t be here”.
“Then they kept going and going,” she said.
Underwood said she told the men to go away and one told her she was fat.
“Rage came over me,” she said.
“They just pushed me to the limit and I snapped.”
Magistrate Simon Young fined Underwood $1000 and ordered her to pay $426.47 in restitution for the damaged poker machine.
Underwood was also banned from the Airlie Beach Safe Night Precinct for 12 months, including not being allowed in the area between 6pm and 6am and not being allowed in licensed premises in the area at any time. No conviction was recorded.