Year-long pub ban, community service for two-punch biff
A RAPID double whammy at the crack of dawn has ended the night jive for Jyde Dwyer whose delivery of two head punches scored him a 12 month ban from Gladstone's night club scene.
Dwyer was seen to land two blows to a man's face by police at 5am in the Gladstone CBD.
But when officers tried to grab him hot-footed Dwyer did a runner down the street.
Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said the incident happened near MiePlace nightclub with Dwyer seen to swing two punches hitting the man's face causing him to fall to the ground.
Mr Reece said some males near the scene appeared frightened and moved away but when police ran across the road toward them Dwyer ran off.
He said police yelled at him to stop but then chased him into a vacant lot and police caught him as he tried to climb over a fence.
Dwyer, 21, an apprentice carpenter, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to committing a public nuisance when intoxicated near licensed premises at 5am on November 29 last year; and obstructing police near licensed premises.
Magistrate Penelope Hay told Dwyer he was "old enough to know better".
Lawyer Jun Pepito said Dwyer had gone out to a football club gathering and what the police saw was him reacting to what the man had allegedly done prior.
"He accepts he should have obeyed police when asked to stop," he said. "Fighting in the street is anti-social and unacceptable in our community," Ms Hay said.
"Two punches to the face are not proportionate or right. You knew it was wrong as you did the cowardly thing and ran away."
She banned Dwyer for 12 months from the Gladstone Safe Night Out Precinct, saying he would not be able to visit the area until February 9, 2017.
He was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid community service work. A conviction was not recorded.