Man threw first punch after group blocked exit from pub

A MAN who "wanted to get the first punch in" was fined $750 for committing a public nuisance offence at the Grand Hotel, Gladstone on January 11.

The defendant pleaded guilty in the Gladstone Magistrates Court to striking his victim to the head with a closed fist, a decision he claimed had "hugely embarrassed" him.

Nathan Smythe claimed six individuals had stood in his path, refusing to allow him to leave the venue at 11.10pm.

Mr Smythe conceded the first punch he had thrown was the impetus for a conflict between the two parties.

Magistrate Russell Warfield said the offence was the "exact sort of behaviour the public is sick of".

The magistrate cautioned the defendant to make responsible decisions in the future, saying, "We all know one punch can kill."

A criminal conviction was recorded against Mr Smythe, as well as a $750 fine and a 12-month banning order from the Grand Hotel.

The defendant said through his actions, he had let himself down.

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