New conviction for public nuisance

A MAN who was recently convicted of an indecent act in a public place was back in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday on a public nuisance charge.

Colin Grohs had recently been in court after being caught on CCTV masturbating in a video shop on a Saturday morning.

Grohs entered a guilty plea to the public nuisance charge. Police prosecutor Senior Constable Troy Daubauras said police at Calliope were called to a disturbance at a private address at 9.30pm on May 29.

Police sorted the matter and as they were walking back to their car Grohs came running out of his house yelling profanities at a neighbour.

Police told him to stop but he started screaming at police. All of the neighbours in the street were in their front yards watching. Police arrested Grohs who eventually calmed down.

Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow said his client was a 52-year-old support officer and his partner had been drinking with neighbours when a neighbour pulled a knife on her.

He told the court that a neighbour had been giving his partner a hard time about the media coverage of Grohs prior conviction. Magistrate Damian Carroll told Grohs that the police didn’t deserve the profanities.

“They were just doing their jobs,” he said.

Grohs was fined $350 or four days in jail for the public nuisance offence. He was also fined $170 or two days in jail for breaching his bail conditions with convictions recorded for both offences.



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