AN apprentice electrician received a rude shock when he was on the receiving end of the legal system's wrath in Gladstone Magistrates Court on June 10.
Dion Arendtsz fronted court facing one charge of consuming liquor on a road, one charge of urinating in a public place and another charge of assault or obstruct police officer.
Police observed Arendtsz urinating on the front wall of the Boyne Plaza complex at about 8pm on May 3.
The court heard that police could visibly see a large puddle of liquid deriving from Arendtsz.
After approaching the defendant, police noted he was drinking a can of Canadian Club, before he disposed of it into a nearby garbage bin and fled from the scene.
Arendtsz's defence lawyer told the court his client "knew it was an offence but was scared and did not want to get into trouble".
The defendant's impulse to run was, according to him, the result of his previously non-existent criminal history.
Police examined the empty alcoholic can and apprehended the defendant soon afterwards.
He was fined $500 with a conviction recorded.