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Man fined for taking a swing at club security

A MAN who thought it wise to take a swing at security staff took a hit to the wallet, after he appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court last week.

Eric James Hearne pleaded guilty to one count of public nuisance after an incident in the early hours of June 5.

The court heard that at 1.05am, Hearne was told to leave Mie Place nightclub.

Hearne did not comply with the request, continuing to try and talk to patrons as he was evicted.

Once outside, Hearne began yelling in the street, before walking up to security staff and verbally abusing them.

Police prosecutor Mick O'Rourke told the court Hearne then shaped up at bouncers, taking a swing at them before the security guards restrained him until police arrived.

The 26-year-old told Magistrate Penelope Hay his recollection of the events was particularly fuzzy.

"I don't remember to be honest," Hearne said.

Magistrate Hay told Hearne he should be embarrassed of his foolish behaviour.

"There's plenty of people who get drunk and manage to behave themselves," she said.

Hearne was fined $400 for the offence and had a conviction recorded against him.

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