Whack my bro, or the pub window...
IN what was meant to be a fun night out at a Gladstone pub with his brother, Blake Madgwick instead lost his cool.
His fist flew.
But as the young tradie explained what happened next to a Gladstone magistrate, Madgwick summed up his choices in simple words, saying it was either punch his brother or a big glass window of the Central Lane Hotel.
His brother's luck was in that night.
Madgwick's fist struck the glass, smashing the window and caused $693 damage.
Police prosecutor Gavin Reece told Gladstone Magistrates Court police were called to the hotel at 10pm on March 29 because of a disturbance.
Officers were told that Madgwick became angry and punched the window inside the hotel.
"It destroyed it, caused it to shatter," he said.
"He says he became angry for an unknown reason. He was unduly intoxicated, unsteady on his feet, and says he was drinking most of the afternoon and into the night."
Appearing for himself Madgwick was apologetic as he spoke to magistrate Mark Morrow.
"I realise I was stupid, I was intoxicated," he said.
"I had a heated argument with my brother.
"I lost my job, everyone was worried and on my case.
"Instead of punching him I punched the window."
Mr Morrow said it was obvious (by his act) that he had been drinking too much, and his family were only on his case because they cared about him.
"It was an expensive piece of glass you chose to break," Mr Morrow said.
Mr Morrow fined the fitter and turner $600, ordering Madgwick to pay $693 restitution to the hotel.