Industry workers fined for all-in bar brawl

THREE industry workmates caused an all-in brawl on Sunday, October 5, after they were refused service at a local bar at 6.15pm for being too drunk.

Electricians Shaun Vincent Cunneen and Ian Richard Gosling, and their construction worker mate Geoffrey Michael Collins, stood in a line and pleaded guilty to public nuisance in the Gladstone Magistrates Court this week.

Police Prosecutor Emma Bonnyman told the court Cunneen instigated the brawl by spilling a glass of water on a barman who refused him service.

She said the fight exploded when numerous staff and patrons tried to evict the men.

When police arrived 15 minutes later, the men had been evicted but were still verbally abusing staff and patrons inside.

Magistrate Penelope Hay fined Collins and Gosling $600 each and issued them with a banning order until July 1, 2015.

Cunneen was additionally charged with obstructing a police officer, fined $800 and issued a similar banning order.

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