Brothers plead guilty

TWO brothers who went on a drunken loutish spree appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday on a range of charges.

Aaron Joseph Brooker pleaded guilty to two counts of public nuisance, common assault and two counts of obstruct police while Bradley Thomas Brooker pleaded guilty to obstruct police and public nuisance.

Police prosecutor senior constable Brad Reynolds said the first offence occurred at 11pm on October 13 last year at Benaraby Caravan Park.

Police were called to a disturbance where there was loud swearing and bottles were being thrown. Both men were arrested and charged with public nuisance.

The next offence occurred the next day, October 14, at 1.30am at Calliope Caravan park. Police came across the brothers in the driveway of the park and spoke to them about the assault of the assistant manager. It was alleged Aaron punched the man four times in the face.

Both men attempted to flee and struggled and resisted arrest.

Aaron reportedly headbutted a police officer.

In another incident on March 15 this year, Aaron allegedly was causing a disturbance at a petrol station in Calliope.

He was said to be aggressive and violent and swinging a stool at his sister who was holding a child.

He was lighting a lighter near the petrol bowsers and he smashed the door of his sister’s car with a stool. He then tried to headbutt an elderly man and lit a smoke at the bowsers.

Later that afternoon police found him hiding in the boot of a broken down car.

Once again he resisted arrest and was kicking and headbutting the inside of the police car.

Duty lawyer Brad Krebs who acted for both brothers said they accepted their bad behaviour.

Aaron was placed on 15 months probation, ordered to pay $200 compensation to the police officer, fined $300 for public nuisance and $500 for obstruct police.

Bradley was fined $250 for public nuisance and $200 for obstructing police.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said their behaviour was highly unacceptable.

“Headbutting is a callous and cowardly act and the whole episode is quite serious,” Mr Carroll said.

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