A SPILLED drink led to a loss of employment and a hefty fine for two men in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The defendants, Terry Goullet and David Blackburn, were drinking at Dicey's Hotel on Dawson Rd on May 27.
The court heard Goullet, an employee at the venue at the time of the offence, was approached by Blackburn, a former teacher, looking for drugs.
In response, Goullet tipped a drink over Blackburn's meal, struck him in the head with his fist and continued striking.
Goullet told the court he reacted badly, stating: "I did the wrong thing."
Police were called to the licensed venue and reviewed CCTV footage before arresting both parties.
Blackburn was noted by police as being intoxicated at the time of the offence, slurring his words and became aggressive when questioned.
Both men entered early pleas of guilty.
Goullet was handed a nine month probation order and a conviction was recorded.
Blackburn was fined $500, is banned from all licensed venues within the Gladstone district for two months, and a conviction was recorded.