GROG TROUBLE: Gympie court hears of
GROG TROUBLE: Gympie court hears of "ridiculous” vodka binge Trevor Veale

Australia Day bungle and lots of vodka lead to court

Australia Day 'bungle'

AUSTRALIA Day had a downside for one Gympie man who appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.

Daniel Curtis Bryers, 26, pleaded guilty to breaching bail reporting conditions on January 26 and February 19.

But Magistrate Chris Callaghan noted these were his only two breaches in nearly a year of unfailingly reporting to police every day as required by bail granted on March 24.

"Keep up the good work,” Mr Callaghan told him.

But even what Mr Callaghan called "a good reporting record” did not save Bryers from a $300 fine for his two lapses.

Bryers said his Australia Day failure had been a public holiday "bungle”, resulting from confusion about whether he had to report on that day.

The second breach he attributed to work demands and car trouble.

'Should be dead'

A MAN who "should have been dead” from alcohol poisoning will instead work off the equivalent of a $1200 fine for his drunken behaviour toward police.

Aiden Akeel Stone, 20, pleaded guilty to assaulting police, public drunkenness and committing a public nuisance.

Solicitor Chris Anderson, appearing for Stone, told Gympie Magistrates Court Stone had consumed "about two bottles of vodka over six hours”.

"That's ridiculous,” Magistrate Chris Callaghan remarked. "He'd be dead.”

"He was shocked to learn of his behaviour,” Mr Anderson said, adding: "He says he has no issue with alcohol.”

"That's the second ridiculous thing you've said,” Mr Callaghan told him.

Mr Callaghan said Stone had kicked at a police car door as he was arrested, injuring a police officer whose hand was caught in the door.

"You'd better wake up to the fact you have a drinking problem, because the next step is jail,” Mr Callaghan told Stone.

"You have a drug history,” he said.

He imposed 60 hours community service.

"That's the equivalent of a $1200 fine, which I believe is about the right level,” Mr Callaghan said, adding probation - with drug testing.

Gympie Times


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