Punch-up lands men in court

A FIGHT outside the Grand Hotel landed two men in court on public nuisance charges.

Alexander William Gaffy who represented himself pleaded guilty to the charge.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Mick O’Rourke said police attended the Grand Hotel at 10pm on June 8 after reports of a fight in the street.

When police arrived they saw two men fighting and the defendant jump into the fight.

Gaffy was knocked unconscious and told police he didn’t throw any punches.

The 17-year-old who had no criminal history had no conviction recorded and was fined $400 or six days in jail.

Also charged for public nuisance in the same street fight was Gary Martin Warburton. The 41-year-old who also represented himself pleaded guilty to the charge.

Warburton said another man threw the first punch and he was just retaliating.

He said he was suitably embarrassed but was provoked. He was fined $600 or eight days in jail with no conviction recorded.

“There is no need to resort to violence,” Magistrate Damian Carroll said.

Also in court on Thursday Patrick Thomas Winn pleaded guilty to assault or obstruct a police officer. Police attended a party that had been closed down at Boyne Island on June 11. About 40 to 60 young people were being moved on from the party and were told to cease drinking before moving into the street.

Winn ignored police instructions and kept drinking, laughing at police. Winn was fined $350 or five days in jail with no conviction recorded.

“You showed contempt for authority. Never let me see you back here again,” Mr Carroll said.



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