Magistrate slams pub violence
MAGISTRATE Anne Thacker has slammed the behaviour of patrons at two of Warwick's popular watering holes, telling one young offender to “send a message to your friends” she was getting tough on public nuisances.
During yesterday's sitting Magistrate Thacker dealt with three law-breakers who pleaded guilty to public nuisance offences which all escalated to the point where Warwick Police officers were forced to restore social order.
“Warwick has a problem with young people outside the Horse and Jockey,” she said during a sentencing statement yesterday.
Rose City man Joshua Lee McIntosh was the first in the firing line after he pleaded guilty to four charges which included public nuisance, wilful damage and creating a disturbance.
The court heard the 23-year-old Warwick Cowboys player was celebrating pre-Mad Monday end-of-season celebrations when he became too violent for his mates to control.
Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the court McIntosh smashed a glass window, punched every window and door at the Horse and Jockey Hotel and then punched the roof of a cab trying to take him home about 10.30pm on September 19.
“He admitted to officers being infected (sic) by grog... CCTV footage showed him before and after (smashing the window) scuffling with friends as they tried to put him in a taxi... yelling obscene language so loud guests at the motel complained as they checked out the next day,” the police prosecutor said.
“He then stood on the step of the mini bus Yellow Cab and punched the roof.”
McIntosh's defence solicitor Daniel Habermann said his client wore a Warwick Cowboys shirt during his court appearance in support of his club.
“In the irony of ironies the Horse and Jockey is a sponsor of the Warwick Cowboys... it was an end-of-year celebration for the Cowboys,” Mr Habermann said.
“He'd consumed copious amounts of rum, has apologised to the hotel and paid ($508.16) restitution for the damage to the glass and cab.”
Magistrate Thacker told the panel and paint employee to “send a message to your friends” as the face of Warwick nightlife was about to change.
“Bad behaviour in front of Warwick hotels will not be tolerated – you all need to change your alcohol use,” she said.
McIntosh was fined $1300 and a conviction was recorded.
Next up was Cheyenne Correen Dennison who pleaded guilty to five charges including public nuisance, creating a disturbance and wilful damage.
The court heard the unemployed 29-year-old's path of destruction began at the Criterion Hotel when she threw a glass, smashing it on the ground during the early hours of September 12.
The police prosecutor said Dennison was yelling and swearing in the pool room and was removed after she tossed the glass only to punch the hotel's windows outside, injuring her hand.
“She cracked one and smashed another window showering glass over a staff member,” the prosecutor said.
Dennison's defence solicitor Mr Habermann said his client had an attraction to rum as she had drunk almost two cartons of rum and coke with three cousins before the incident.
“She then had two to three glasses of rum at the hotel and then just went off,” Mr Habermann said.
“She almost lost her thumb – a big bit needed to be stitched back on – and needed stitches for her arm.”
Dennison had five pages of criminal history and was placed on 200 hours of community service and a conviction was recorded.
Last on the receiving end of Magistrates Thacker's wrath was Matthew Wayne Cole who was sentenced to two months behind bars after pleading guilty to public nuisance.
The 21-year-old was visibly shocked and there were cries of disbelief from Cole's notorious brat-pack mates in the public gallery when they learned he was not walking out of the Warwick Magistrates Court this time.
The police prosecutor said Cole was seen jumping around shirtless yelling and swearing in front of the Horse and Jockey Hotel during the late hours of October 30, later telling officers he wanted to “get even” with someone.
Unemployed Cole was on parole for break-and-enter offences at the time of the latest incident.
“This is another example of a young person just not getting the message,” the police prosecutor said.
Magistrate Thacker said fines, probation and parole previously imposed on Cole “had not worked”.
“Parole means being on your better-than-best behaviour,” she said.
Cole was fined $350 and was sentenced to two months jail with a parole eligibility date set for January 1.