Rockhampton man doth protest too much, rules court
A ROCKHAMPTON man concerned about work on the Quay St redevelopment was handed a court fine yesterday after taking his protests too far.
Jordan Daniel Philip Smith went to the Rockhampton police station on November 23, claiming a wacker-packer was responsible for flinging gravel at pedestrians and was breaching workplace health and safety.
But after reciting the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act to officers from his mobile phone, Smith refused to leave the station after police issued a move-on direction.
The 19-year-old pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to one charge of contravening the direction of police.
"I asked him when he became a champion of the rights of pedestrians on Quay St," defence lawyer Brian McGowran told the court. "He made a complaint to the police station that (the redevelopments) were breaching workplace health and safety."
Police prosecutor Manon Barwick said Smith went to the station at 8.35am and was causing a scene in the foyer.
The court heard Smith told police to contact his lawyers.
"He refused to leave so he was arrested and taken to the watchhouse," Ms Barwick said.
Smith was fined $150.