Nightclub incident lands in court

A DECEPTION Bay man who refused to accept that he was kicked out of the Shaft Nightclub ended up in Gympie Magistrates Court this week.

Bobby John Condie, 20, was charged with failing to leave a licensed premises and committing a public nuisance on April 4.

When police officers on patrol first laid eyes on him at 12.30am, Condie was lying face down on the nightclub steps with security guards restraining him.

Bouncers said he was evicted from the premises because of a fight, and when they got him outside he yelled at them and punched signs.

They said Condie tried to push past to get back in, and struggled when he was stopped, forcing security to hold him down in the position in which police found them.

Condie was taken to the police station and kept in the watch house until he sobered up.

He said he believed he was unfairly treated by the nightclub bouncers when all he wanted to do was go back in to get his girlfriend.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told the court Condie had committed the same offence in Redcliffe last year and asked him why he had come to Gympie.

He said he had been visiting family and met up with a couple of mates. He told the court his behaviour was due to intolerance to alcohol and his doctor had ordered him to give it up.

“Take your doctor's advice and stay out of trouble,” Mrs Baldwin told Condie, of Union Street, and ordered him to do 20 hours of community service.

In another matter involving licensed premises, Christopher Darrin Howard, 42, was arrested for yelling at police officers when they attended a disturbance at the Sleepy Lagoon Hotel in Tin Can Bay on April 30.

Howard told the court he was attacked several times before police arrived but didn't get any support from them.

“They let the other guy go and locked me up,” he said.

Mrs Baldwin said the Sleepy Lagoon Hotel had a reputation “almost like the Shaft” and added that Howard had no criminal history.

Howard, of Barramundi Street, Tin Can Bay, was placed on a good behaviour bond for six months with no conviction recorded.

Gympie Times


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