Fine for poker ma­chine dam­age

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

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