Police pull plug on loud music at 18th birthday party

TO THE dismay of Gladstone lad Dylan Gill the music died at his noisy 18th birthday party when Gladstone police pulled the plug on his stereo.

Neighbours called the police twice on July 17 to complain about the party noise, but on their return visit officers confiscated the problem - Gill's lively sound system.

Gladstone Magistrates Court was told that police first went to the house at 9.40pm on July 17 and issued a noise abatement direction to Gill after receiving complaints about excessive noise.

They then attended an hour later and confiscated the equipment.

Prosecutor Snr Sgt Mark Gorton said Gill was later required to attend the police station to supply identification, but had not done so.

Gill pleaded guilty to not refraining from noise abatement, and contravening a police direction by not attending the station for his identification particulars to be taken.

Duty lawyer Jun Pepito said Gill now realised he should have listened to police when first required to do so.

Magistrate Penelope Hay told Gill that just because it had been his 18th birthday this did not entitle him "to inflict your birthday noise on those around you".

When fining the birthday boy $300, Ms Hay said it was unfortunate that he did not comply by going to the police station because she would not have fined him, but just given a good behaviour bond.

With no prior criminal history a conviction was not recorded.



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