Man goes on drunken rampage after his dog dies
A MAN'S dead dog came back to haunt him after the man landed in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Roger Butcher, 32, claimed after the death of his pet on April 25, he drank all the alcohol in his house to drown his miseries.
Butcher's drunken antics later in the day saw him answer to one charge of wilful damage and another charge of public nuisance.
Police were called to a residence at Hibiscus Ave in Kin Kora after a woman reported her car was being repeatedly struck by the defendant.
Butcher had punched the driver's side window on the vehicle, loosening the door frame.
When approached by the owner of the vehicle, he yelled at her, "Go and get f***ed".
He then proceeded to threaten her life before lying down on the road.
When police arrived, they described Butcher as being "extremely intoxicated and appeared to be affected by drugs".
However, the court heard Butcher had not been affected by drugs, but had consumed all the alcohol he could lay his hands on.
The defence said Butcher had lost his dog the morning of April 25, and could not remember the events of the day due to excessive alcohol consumption.
Magistrate Russell Warfield said the defendant was in need of assistance.
He sentenced Butcher to a probation period of 12 months under strict conditions, with a conviction recorded.