Man fronts court over brawl

WATCHING the nightlife from the roof of James Nash Arcade in Gympie on August 8, the Wide Bay Tactical Crime Squad spotted two men being evicted from Billy’s Hotel.

The pair started fighting outside and when it looked like security guards were unable to break it up, police officers stepped in.

Questions were asked and it was established that the fight was caused by one man talking to the other’s wife and Levi Xallyn Mitchell, 25, and Troy Rene Gaillard, 39, were charged with committing a public nuisance.

Mitchell said he had been talking to a woman inside the hotel when he was confronted by Gaillard and had no option but to fight.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Mitchell had Gaillard in a headlock and was punching him in the head before officers split the pair up. Once separated, they came back to fight and were issued with notices to appear in court.

Gaillard, of Suncrest Court, Southside, pleaded guilty in writing, saying he had simply been “going to the aid of his wife”. He was fined $200.

Mitchell fronted up to Gympie Magistrates Court and admitted he should have walked away. In view of his history, Mitchell, of Wilson Road, Gympie, was placed on a good behaviour bond for six months.

In another matter, Joshua Snow, 18, was far too drunk to know what he was doing when he told a taxi driver he had no money to pay for his fare on August 15.

Snow was driven to the police station and charged with “imposition” and when he faced Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin was told he was lucky if it was the worst thing he did while in such an intoxicated state.

The court heard police officers lodging Snow in custody found $28 on him and another taxi was called – this time he paid. Snow told Gympie Magistrates Court he didn’t know why he did it and said he had enough money to pay. He was placed on a good behaviour bond for six months.

Gympie Times


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