Man fined for refusing to leave

A MAN who refused to leave a hotel after being refused service faced Gladstone Magistrates Court last Thursday on a drunk and disorderly in a licensed premises charge.

Ross Andrew Shepherd pleaded guilty to the charge.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Mick O’Rourke said police were called to the Tannum Sands Hotel on June 5.

He refused to leave and began shouting and swearing and was subsequently arrested.

The 24-year-old labourer was fined $350 - or five days jail - for the drunk and disorderly charge. He was also fined $175 - or two days jail - for breaching probation.

Also in court, a youth appeared on drug charges after police knocked on his door for another matter and smelt cannabis. Ethan Robert Cook pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Mick O’Rourke told the court police attended the address at 6pm on June 6 for a different matter and could smell cannabis. Cook handed a bong and a bowl with 0.04 grams of cannabis to police.

Magistrate Damian Carroll ordered Cook to undergo drug diversion and placed him on a good behaviour bond for four months, in default $300.

Meanwhile, a man who was late for his bail reporting faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on a charge of breach of bail conditions.

Tony Ralph Franicevic pleaded guilty to the charge. Police Prosecutor Sergeant Mick O’Rourke said Franicevic was released from jail under strict bail reporting conditions.

On June 16 he turned up late to report to police. Defence solicitor Stacey O’Gorman said her client went to Rockhampton to look for a job and, on the way back, his friend’s car broke down causing them to be late back to Gladstone.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Franicevic $170 - or two days in jail - and recorded a conviction.

A man who thought he was under the limit appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on a drink-driving charge. John Martin Monash pleaded guilty to a blood alcohol reading of 0.055.

Monash was intercepted at 7.10pm on May 7 on Herbert Street.

The defendant had no history and it was a very low reading.

Monash was fined $170 - or two days jail - and disqualified from driving for one month.

“I believe it was a genuine error of judgement,” Magistrate Damian Carroll told the defendant.



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