Drunk in court after yelling racial abuse at neighbour
NEIGHBOURHOOD disputes are impossible, according to Magistrate Barbara Tynan.
"All they do is escalate," she said when sentencing 58-year-old Brian Kenneth Pointon on charges of public nuisance in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Prosecuting Sergeant Merrilyn Hoskins told the court police had been called to Pointon's home where he was drunk and yelling racial abuse across the road at a neighbour.
Pointon's defence lawyer Brad Krebs told the court Pointon had been a victim of ongoing harassment from the neighbour, and claimed that the neighbour had assaulted him on one occasion.
The magistrate said the language reportedly used by Pointon was "utterly reprehensible".
However, she said it was difficult to determine a penalty that would ensure Pointon's conduct would not continue in the same fashion.
She placed him on a good behaviour bond for 12 months, with recognisance of $1000, meaning if more incidents were brought before the court he would be required to pay the $1000.
"During that time you need to be squeaky clean," she said.