Court hears water rage case



WE'VE all heard of road rage, but yesterday a case of water rage was heard in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Professional fisherman Mark Andrew McMillan stands accused of one count of not fulfilling his obligation to operate a ship safely.

Police prosecutor Constable Steve Morris alleged McMillan and another professional fisher were both crabbing in the harbour on November 13 last year when McMillan deliberately rammed the complainant's boat.

However defence lawyer Peter Vale argued the other party was the aggressor.

He said the complainant came into close proximity of McMillan's boat and threatened to punch him in the head.

He said McMillan was also scared by threats he would be bashed with baseball bats.

'The defendant's dinghy was cornered with mangroves to his back and the complainant to his front,' Mr Vale said.

'He accelerated and bumped into the other dinghy. 'He didn't intend to.'

Magistrate Mark Morrow said that would make the incident an accident and he could not accept a guilty plea if that was the case.

He ordered the matter be heard before a different magistrate on Monday.



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