Guilty plea for hotel damage

SMASHING in the glass front doors of Warwick's popular Horse and Jockey Hotel in a drunken fit of rage has proved costly for a former local man.

Michael Phillip Knight, 24, appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court last week and pleaded guilty to a charge of wilful damage.

The court heard Knight had been drinking at the hotel on the evening of Saturday January 19 and around 1am on the Sunday became involved in an argument with other patrons.

Hotel staff instructed him to leave the premises, but once outside a furious Knight punched one of the doors with a closed fist and then kicked them in, an act which was captured by a nearby security camera.

Police located Knight down the road a short time later and he initially denied he had wrecked the hotel's doors.

He was later released from custody on watch house bail.

Knight told Magistrate Graham Lee he had a limited recollection of the events of the early morning, conceding he was "very intoxicated" and that his mates had filled him in on what happened.

He also said he had left the Warwick area to get away from "a bad crowd" and to find a new job.

Knight 2weas convicted and fined $500 and was also ordered to pay the H&J a sum of $990 in restitution for the damage he caused.

The amounts will be referred to the State Penalties Enforcement Register to be paid off in instalments. No conviction was recorded.



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