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It wasn't a Hollywood script, just another day in court

THE love of a woman has turned the life of a drunk around.

James Kenneth McDonald told a magistrate this week that a "nice girl" had helped him kick the booze.

But the romance didn't stop him from copping a $500 fine and a conviction for his rampage through a Gladstone bottle shop on May 16, 2013.

It wasn't a Hollywood script, just another day in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

McDonald pleaded guilty to one count of wilful damage.

The court heard that about 7pm on the night in question, McDonald smashed a window of the Grand Hotel's bottle shop.

The shop assistant was forced to sound the silent alarm, after feeling threatened by McDonald's aggressive behaviour.

After being refused service, McDonald punched one of the in-store displays, before leaving blood stains throughout the store after cutting himself breaking the window.

McDonald told Magistrate Mark Morrow he had managed to turn his life around after the dark period.

"I was having a pretty tough time with alcohol abuse," McDonald said.

"I'm off the piss now, everything's turned around, I met a nice girl."

Topics:  court, crime, gladstone magistrates court



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