Man fined for ignoring directions to leave hotel

JAMES Hagel's penchant for arguing back not only saw him front Gladstone Magistrate's Court, but also cop a punch in the mouth from a security guard.

Hagel appeared in court on Tuesday, May 13 to answer to one charge of contravene direction or requirement of police.

He was issued a $300 fine for his inability to simply walk away from the Reef Hotel on April 17.

At 11.45pm, an altercation occurred on Yarroon St outside the licensed premises when the defendant was issued with a move on direction from police.

Despite numerous notices to leave the area, Hagel proceeded to walk up the stairs to the entry to continue arguing with security.

The court heard in Hagel's defence that security had punched him in the mouth, causing him to become aggressive and indignant.

Magistrate Russell Warfield ordered Hagel to pay a fine of $300 with no conviction recorded.



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