Man in court after fireworks struck young neighbour

ALCOHOL and explosives aren't a great mix.

Just ask Christopher Russel Huxley, after the combination cost him more than $1000 in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Mick O'Rourke told the court that about 5.20pm on May 4, Huxley, who was intoxicated at his home with his girlfriend and a mate, had decided to set off fireworks.

But the afternoon antics were brought to an end when fragments from one of the fireworks struck Huxley's eight-year-old next-door neighbour, leaving her with an abrasion on the side of her neck as she played in her yard.

Police attended Huxley's Kirkwood residence, where he denied being responsible for the fireworks.

It wasn't until officers told him the little girl had been hurt that he owned up to letting them off.

Huxley, who pleaded guilty to one count of failing to take care, told the court he couldn't understand how the fragments had stuck the young girl, but apologised for her injury, telling Magistrate Russell Warfield there was no excuse for his actions.

"If it had taken her eye out or something you could've been facing a much more serious charge," Mr Warfield told Huxley.

Huxley escaped conviction but was fined $750 for the offence, as well as being ordered to pay $500 compensation for pain and suffering to the young victim.



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