News

Magistrate blasts drunken FIFO workers

MAGISTRATE Penelope Hay has blasted fly-in fly-out workers in Gladstone, saying their late-night gross intoxication, violence and abusive behaviour was unacceptable.

"It is different in our community when we have people fly in, fly out," she said.

"They think they can fly in and get away with it, but that's not the case."

>> Rowdy boozers are active outside Gladstone CBD hotels

>> Our say: Gladstone has had enough of drunks

The magistrate delivered her broadside during the hearing of FIFO rigger Augusto Sassi, who was evicted from the Central Lane Hotel at 1.45am on August 31.

Police prosecutor Merrilyn Hoskins told the court Sassi had head-butted a security guard before abusing police and security guards outside.

The defendant swore at police and resisted arrest before being taken to the Gladstone police station.

MORE GLADSTONE NEWS:

>> Man winched from hotel after breaking ankle

>> Home invasion 'up there with murder', man says

>> Drunk calls for police beheadings after arrest

Ms Hay said abusing police and acting violently showed a blatant disregard for police in the community.

The defendant's lawyer, Brad Krebs, said his client had moved to Gladstone from New South Wales to work at one of the LNG plants on Curtis Island.

He didn't know many people so he went out alone to "sample Gladstone's nightlife".

Mr Krebs said his client had been deliberating on a recent separation from his wife and "clearly had too much to drink".

He said Sassi was shocked to see CCTV footage of his behaviour because he was so inebriated he didn't remember.

Ms Hay said this was not a one-off, but something Sassi engaged in "time to time" when he was too drunk.

Sassi was issued with a banning order and fined $1000.

A conviction was recorded.

TOP NETWORK STORIES:

>> Kindy teacher quits to earn six figures twerking

>> Smaller IGA outlets take on Coles and Woolies

>> Winter makes a comeback

>> Rockhampton jockey Carley-Mae Pye dies

>> Mark Holden's bizarre Dancing With The Stars outburst

Topics:  curtis island fifo gladstone magistrates court violence



Today Show stars touch down in Gladstone

Karl Stefanovic and Richard Wilkins give Gladstone the thumbs up.The Today show team touch down in Gladstone.

Popular breakfast program will be broadcast live from 1770 tomorrow.

Gladstone fisherman fined $20,000 for illegal reef fishing

A commercial fisher has been fined for being in a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park green zone without the main vessel.

The master fisherman was caught by surveillance aircraft.

Gladstone dad heads south to cheer on his NRL star

FINALS BOUND: Gladstone product and Melbourne Storm forward Tim Glasby takes on the Brisbane Broncos defence during his side's semi-final victory.

Melbourne Storm's Tim Glasby has a strong supporter in Gladstone.

Local Partners