News

Australia Day celebrations turn to violence at Gympie pub

ONE punch was enough to turn Mary St into the scene of a heated brawl recently; but what made authorities even more concerned was that one punch can kill.

Australia Day celebrations turned to mass violence outside the Royal Hotel last month when 18-year-old Guy Joseph Dillon Butler allegedly punched another pub goer in the face.

Gympie man Butler told Gympie Magistrates Court the alleged blow to the jaw, which instigated a group fight outside the Royal, was struck after the victim gave him the finger.

The court herd when the victim then turned on Butler, "a large brawl subsequently erupted" involving numerous pub patrons.

Butler said he could remember little of the fight however police said CCTV footage recorded his actions that day.

The court heard Butler was arrested during the incident, taken to hospital for a laceration to the inside of his mouth and charged with causing a public nusiance.

One warning was given to Butler from Magistrate Maxine Baldwin on Monday; that had faced a more severe charge relating to the alleged assault, a jail sentence would have been likely.

"Jail is a last resort except when violence (is involved)," he told him.

"Too many people are dying and too many young people are spending (years in jail).

"I'm just glad you're here and we're not doing an inquiry into someone's death."

She referred to the death of a Brisbane grandfather on Saturday after a 21-year-old man, out with friends, allegedly struck him with a coward punch in Mooloolaba.

The 21-year-old has was subsequently charged with murder.

"One punch, he was dead; a grandfather, a father," Magistrate Baldwin said.

Butler's defence said he too took a blow to the face during the January 26 fight.

It is unknown whether others involved in the Australia Day fight will also face charges, however Gympie Magistrates Court did hear several people had been arrested and kept in Gympie Watch house after the fight.

Butler pleaded guilty to the public nuisance charge and was given a 12 month good behaviour bond.

Gympie Times

Topics:  violence



'Obsessive stalker' jailed in Gympie court

STALKER: A Gympie court has jailed a man described as an obsessive stalker after he repeatedly offended against his former girlfriend

Man gets further jail for continued stalking of his ex-girlfriend

Inskip sinkhole drama relived on TV

Footage captured at the scene of the sink hole opening up at Inskip Point in 2015.

'No one knew who I was - They thought I was stealing their beer.'

Man escapes from wreck after rollover

Emergency crews have responded to a single car crash.

Emergency crews respond to single car crash north of Woolooga.

Local Partners

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy a slick, impressive effort

New Uncharted game for PS4 hits the shelves

Bride and Prejudice's Chris reveals more family heartache

Grant and Chris feature on the TV series Bride & Prejudice. Supplied by Channel 7.

His dad’s health has dealt a massive blow to their happy life

Nicole's ready to bust out of Doctor Doctor's love triangle

Nicole da Silva stars in season two of Doctor Doctor.

New season gets a fresh injection of relationship dilemmas.

MOVIE REVIEW: Tom Cruise flying high again in drug drama

Tom Cruise plays pilot Barry Seal in the movie American Made.

FILM STAR delivers his best performance in some time.

The Project will now be on six nights a week

The Project presenters Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar.

The Project is expanding with a Sunday night edition and a new host.

Click your fingers, tap your toes

Helen Peters, Elisabeth Wallis-Gaedtke, Evalee Sharples and Kemal Avunduk rehearse for Fascinating Rhythm, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir's performance of hot jazz, sizzling samba, Latin beats and smooth swing sounds at Lake Kawana Community Centre on August 26-27.

Libby to set beat for Fascinating Rhythm this weekend

Margot Robbie is unrecognisable in London

Margot, is that really you?

MARGOT Robbie looks completely unrecognisable as Queen Elizabeth I.

REVEALED: New shops for Coast centre's $12million revamp

Coast retail centre expands as part of $12million refurbishment

FREE: Guide to Gympie's hottest suburbs in The Gympie Times

Look out for SOLD ON in The Gympie Times on Wednesday.

The first Gympie edition of Sold On is in today's Gympie Times.

Residents fear sand mine sell out by State Minister

Sand mine opponents attend the Nambour Council Chambers.Cou

Further testing undertaken on site, despite claims of significance

Investors quick to snap up property in key growth corridor

High-profile commercial site sells at auction for $4.920m