Fined for wilful damage

A MAN who tried to force his way into his girlfriend’s house faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on a wilful damage charge last Thursday.

Steven Johnathon James Farrenkothen pleaded guilty to wilful damage and breach of probation.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Reynolds told the court that at 12.13am on June 16 police had received a 000 call to say someone was damaging property and trying to gain access to a residence.

Farrenkothen allegedly punched in the bathroom screen of his ex-girlfriend’s home.

The defendant was enraged and scared witnesses to the incident. Defence solicitor Danny Yarrow said his client was a 19-year-old unemployed man with a long history.

“My client admits to the damage and is remorseful,” he said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Farrenkothen $600 or eight days jail for the wilful damage and $175 or two days jail for the breach of probation with convictions recorded.

Farrenkothen asked to have the fines converted to 55 hours community service. He was also ordered to pay $77 restitution for the damaged screen within one month.

“This is your second wilful damage charge in 18 months. You need to do anger management,” Mr Carroll said.

Meanwhile, a man who caused a disturbance after being ejected from a local hotel faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on a charge of assault or obstruct a police officer.

John Edwin Geddy pleaded guilty to the offence.

Snr Const Brad Reynolds said police were called to the Queen’s Hotel at 1.07am on June 20.

A man was causing a disturbance after being removed from the hotel and was being loud and aggressive. When police tried to arrest Geddy he resisted, tensing his arms and legs so he couldn’t walk or be handcuffed.

Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow said his client, a 39-year-old business owner, had been at a wedding and had been mixing his drinks.

“My client is remorseful and this behaviour is out of character for him,” Mr Yarrow said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Geddy $375 or five days jail with no conviction recorded.

Also, a woman who turned her music back up after police issued a noise abatement notice appeared in court charged with knowingly not refraining from a noise abatement order. Amy Louise Rowlands pleaded guilty to the charge.

Snr Const Brad Reynolds told the court police attended an address in Drummer St at 3am on June 22 after noise complaints.

Police could hear loud music and a loud TV and it took them about 10 minutes to raise the residents. A noise abatement order was issued at 3.20am and at 3.45am police received another complaint to say the music had been turned back up.

Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow said his client was a 26-year-old who worked as an industrial cleaner and had been drinking at home with friends. Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Rowlands $250 or three days in jail.



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