Fine, jail sentence for pub blue

IN custody for other matters, Shane Ambrose Yowyeh, 18, appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court via video link with Maryborough Correctional Centre to be sentenced for causing a disturbance at Charlies Hotel on April 16.

The court heard Yowyeh entered a licensed premises after being refused entry and committed a public nuisance while he was out of jail for a short period of time.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Yowyeh had been on a suspended sentence previously for committing a public nuisance last year, which was activated in January for breaching a court order and for wilful damage.

He was sentenced to three months in prison and granted parole in March, however, on April 22 he was sent to prison for two months in relation to a wilful damage charge committed the day before.

He was given a parole release date of May 21 as well as a four-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months for breaching the court order.

Yowyeh’s lawyer Sarah Bennett said her client couldn’t recall much about the incident but did remember being kicked by a group of men while he was on the ground.

She said he had been drinking at Charlie’s most of the day when an argument broke out and he was asked to leave.

The court heard Yowyeh returned to the pub with his mother and resumed the altercation, which started inside and moved to the footpath.

When police arrived Yowyeh was yelling and swearing, claiming he had been bashed by 10 men.

Officers put him in the back of the police car where he continued to shout.

“You get out in four days, what do you intend to do?” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin asked him and learned that he would be going to Gladstone to stay with family and look for a job.

“Alcohol robs you of the ability to make the right choices and keep out of trouble. It doesn’t matter where you come from, as soon as people have too much alcohol they lose it,” she said.

Yowyeh was fined $100 for refusing to leave the licensed premises and was sentenced to one month in prison with a parole release date of May 21.

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