Brendan Luke McKeough pleaded guilty to obstructing police and being a public nuisance in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday.
Brendan Luke McKeough pleaded guilty to obstructing police and being a public nuisance in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday.

Man arrested over attempt to ‘avenge’ brother at rural pub

A Gladstone mechanic who avenged an assault on his brother by getting even at a rural pub appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday.

Brendan Luke McKeough, 20, pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance offence in the vicinity of a licenced premises and obstructing police.

Police prosecutor Merrilyn Hoskins read the facts of McKeough’s case to the court and acting Magistrate Mark Morrow.

At 11.05 on February 6, 2021, police attended the Digger’s Arms Hotel in Calliope following reports of a disturbance.

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When police arrived there was a group of around 20 young people which largely dispersed once the authorities arrived.

Police travelled through the hotel and went to the beer garden where they found McKeough heavily intoxicated and pushing his friends away as they tried to restrain him.

Police saw McKeough pick up a plastic chair and throw it across the pub in frustration.
He was subsequently arrested for public nuisance.

As police were walking McKeough through the hotel, he attempted to pull his arm away from police and was warned against resisting.

Once police had McKeough outside the hotel he tried to move his arm away once again and told police to, “f--- off”.

He resisted being handcuffed and had to be physically restrained in order for police to do their duty.

Duty lawyer Rio Ramos said her client was seeking revenge on a man who had assaulted his brother a few months prior and that was the reason for his behaviour.

“He did take out his frustrations because the man who assaulted his brother was there,” Ms Ramos said.

Mr Morrow fined McKeough $350 for the public nuisance offence and sentenced him to the mandatory 40 hours community service for obstructing a police officer, with no convictions recorded.

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