VIDEO: Curtis Island worker grabbed by Border Force
BRITISH national Gavin Wills was grabbed by Australian Border Force and Queensland police officers at Gladstone courthouse just minutes after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving offence.
Taken by surprise outside the courtroom a dismayed Wills, 35, was apparently told he was being taken into custody and set for deportation because his Australian visa had been cancelled.
Wills, who was in a well-paid job on Curtis Island, had his black jacket removed before he was walked by the officers from the courthouse to the Gladstone police station.
Gladstone senior sergeant Matt Russell said Wills' visa had been cancelled by the Department of Immigration and local police assisted Australian Border Force officers in his arrest.
Snr Sgt Russell said Wills would remain in the watchhouse until transferred to the custody of Immigration and Border Protection officers.
Wills is no stranger to the court.
In November 2013 a district court judge handed Wills a 15-month jail sentence, immediately suspended for two years, for a violent assault causing bodily harm to another man during a night out in Gladstone.
Wills caused the man severe facial injuries and the court ordered him to pay his victim $9000, which included $4100 in medical expenses and $4900 compensation.
Yesterday morning Wills walked up the steps of the courthouse in the company of a female. But he left 20 minutes later with five officers.
Wills pleaded guilty before magistrate Melanie Ho to drink driving on Saturday, June 25, with a blood alcohol reading of 0.159.
Prosecutor Barry Stephens said police stopped Wills in a Toyota wagon at 1.12am and he told them he had been drinking premix Wild Turkey.
"He was rambling, unsteady on his feet," Sgt Stevens said.
Magistrate Ho fined Wills $1050 and disqualified his licence for six months.