Strength test ends with two men winning fines

A STRENGTH test between two mates where the loser paid for the taxi home has landed one young man in court.

It was an expensive night out for Jamay Darrell Carthew Ruse after he and a friend decided to see who was better at pull ups.

The pair had been participating in mad Monday celebrations on August 25.

The 25-year-old couldn't get up to the rafter, so he decided to use a nearby CCTV camera to help pull himself up, prosecutor James Grehan said.

Ruse told police he felt the camera give way under his weight, Mr Grehan said.

The camera is owned by Mackay Regional Council, which was not seeking restitution for the damage, the Mackay Magistrates Court heard.

The incident came to the attention of police on September 1.

The camera was located at the corner of Fifth Lane and Wood St and officers saw it was hanging from its original location, the court was told yesterday.

Footage showed Ruse looking at the camera before disappearing out of view.

The camera then began shaking, Mr Grehan said.

Ruse attended the Mackay Police Station at 2pm on September 2 after he saw his image displayed on the mypolice Mackay website, the court was told. He pleaded guilty to one count of wilful damage.

Legal Aid Queensland duty solicitor Kristie Doyle labelled the incident as more "reckless behaviour" and said it "wasn't intentional wilful damage".

Mr Doyle said Ruse made an early guilty plea and was extremely co-operative with police, which was accepted by Magistrate Damien Dwyer.

Ruse was fined $500.

Magistrate Dwyer ordered that a conviction not be recorded.



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