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Man fined for throwing water bombs

A PATROL investigating water bombs ended with police officers copping a spray, Gladstone Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.

Kristopher Mitchell McLachlan pleaded guilty to single counts of public nuisance and contravening a police direction or requirement, after a bizarre incident at 9.30pm on July 5.

Calliope police were called to the Calliope Chase area, after public reports of water bombs being thrown at houses.

When they arrived, they located McLachlan, who told police he was "looking for my ... dog", before becoming aggressive towards officers.

After refusing to identify himself to police, McLachlan continued to hurl abuse at police, even after his arrest.

He later apologised to officers for his behaviour. but failed to return to the station to give his identifying particulars at a later date, hence the contravention of direction charge being laid.

McLachlan told Magistrate Ron Muirhead he had been concerned about the welfare of his pet when he let fly at officers.

"I was just worried about my dog. It's no excuse," McLachlan said.

Mr Muirhead fined McLachlan a total of $1000 for both offences and recorded convictions for both charges.

Topics:  calliope, crime, gladstone magistrates court, gladstone police



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