The real Rihanna.
The real Rihanna. Matt Sayles

Drunken Rihanna rendition doesn’t win man any fans

A ROCKHAMPTON man may think twice next time he sings a Rihanna song in public after being fined $300 for his performance.

Robert James Smith pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates court on Wednesday to one charge of stealing and another of assault occasioning bodily harm after a big night out on July 29.

Smith, 24, admitted to being intoxicated and taking a marquee umbrella from outside The Criterion Hotel, on the spur of the moment, using it as a prop to sing the popular Rihanna song Umbrella.

While the hotel staff were able to eventually retrieve the umbrella-ella-ella from Smith, he was still fined for the stealing offence.

Trouble still rained down on Smith as he next turned his attention to people celebrating at a function nearby, who had been jeering at Smith during his impromptu Rihanna performance.

Climbing the balcony, Smith hit one person in the face before taking off and hiding in Denham St, where he was found by police and taken to the watch house.

While Smith's defence said being intoxicated would explain his erratic behaviour, he admitted it wouldn't excuse it.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove suggested Smith seek help for an addiction to alcohol, and said he was facing jail in the future, looking at his prior criminal history.

For the assault Smith was required to pay $360 compensation to the victim and was sentenced to three months imprisonment, wholly suspended for 18 months.

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