Man's 'fairy tale' earns a fine in court
YOUR explanation is no better than a fairy tale.
That's what Magistrate Penelope Hay told David Ray Watts after he pleaded guilty to contravening the direction or requirement of police.
The charge came from an incident on July 20 at 3am.
Police observed five people on the corner of Goondoon and Lord Sts who had just been removed from Mie Place.
The five people began pushing and shoving but police were able to calm the situation.
Watts was given an order to move on for three hours.
Thirty minutes later police observed the defendant outside of Mie Place.
Defence lawyer Megan Creaser said her client admitted he had had a lot to drink that night.
She said after Watts was kicked out, he did leave, and then, when he got to his car, he realised he was cold.
She said the 18-year-old then returned to Mie Place so he could get his jumper.
Magistrate Hay said going back for the jumper was "what I can only describe as an unbelievable explanation. I don't accept that as a reasonable explanation, it's no better than a fairy tale," she said.
She fined Watts $500, which was referred to the State Penalties and Enforcement Registry.
She also issued a banning order on Watts excluding him from a number of Gladstone licensed premises for six months.