Evicted patron reports assault, then things go downhill

WHEN Grant Smyth complained to Gladstone Police Station about being assaulted by a bouncer late one night, the last person he expected the police to arrest was him.

Smyth was evicted violently from a Gladstone hotel just after midnight on Tuesday, October 14, the Gladstone Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

He reported the incident to Gladstone Police Station at 12.30am, but when he arrived, he said officers told him security people were permitted to use force to evict patrons.

Police prosecutor Tyler Roberts said a drunken Smyth was told to go home, and if he still wanted to report the incident, he should come back in the morning.

Defence lawyer Bill McMillan said that made things worse.

Smyth started walking via Goondoon St to his Auckland St home.

When he sat down on Willam St on the way, a police patrol pulled over.

"He felt a sense of indignation because of the treatment of one of the bartenders… and felt sorely dealt with at the station," Mr McMillan said.

Mr Roberts said Smyth started yelling obscenities at police and was subsequently arrested.

He was put in the back of the police vehicle and taken back to the watch house.

Smyth told the court he didn't agree with the charges - public nuisance and being drunk in a public place - but would plead guilty because he wasn't financially able to fight them.

Magistrate Hay fined him $500.



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