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Aggressive drunk banned from every pub in Qld

Steve Parnell sneaks past pedestrians with his head covered as he leaves Gladstone Magistrates Court.
Steve Parnell sneaks past pedestrians with his head covered as he leaves Gladstone Magistrates Court. Paul Braven

A TANNUM Sands man has been banned from every pub in Queensland as the courts try to curb his anti-social behaviour.

The move to block father-of-two Steve Parnell from entering any hotel in the state has been praised by police, who say booze puts him out of control.

Parnell is facing five charges, including two counts of serious assault, after police were called to his residence in the early hours Sunday, responding to noise complaints.

But Parnell became aggressive, swearing and allegedly punched the face of an officer, who then used his taser on him.

Yesterday, Parnell was released on bail, but not without a raft of conditions.

Magistrate Mark Morrow said he would grant bail only if he could be assured Parnell would not drink.

As part of the bail conditions, Mr Morrow banned Parnell from every licensed premises in the state and ordered he be breath-tested every week.

That means he can't enter any pub, restaurant or club licensed to serve alcohol, or exceed a 0.05% BAC.

"Which means you're probably stuck with Hungry Jacks and Maccas," Mr Morrow said.

Gladstone officer-in-charge Jason Chetham said police supported the magistrate's move to take a hard stance against alcohol-related violence.

He said anything that discouraged this type of behaviour was welcomed by the local police force.

Parnell has a history of drunken violence.

"My concern is that every time he drinks he seems to become a problem," Mr Morrow said.

Courts have been under scrutiny lately with police opposition to "lenient" rulings highly publicised.

Magistrate Stuart Shearer has been praised by police for his approach to justice in the Emerald, Blackwater and Woorabinda courts.

Parnell faces court again on April 7.

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