No shortage of bad behaviour

A YOUNG man charged with using a mobile phone to make “menacing, harassing and offensive” phone calls, represented himself when he appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.

The court heard that Nakota Kiowa McDonald, 17, of Stumm Road, made 10 calls to the complainant between 7.21pm and 10.35pm on July 26, threatening to “bash him and his family”.

In his defence, McDonald said it was the complainant who first threatened to bash him and that he left the room after talking to him.

He said it was after he left the room that two other people he was with at the time, made a call to the complainant threatening to rape his wife.

A friend of defendant’s who was beside him in court, said that McDonald did not make the call about rape and that “Nakota was the only one who identified himself during the calls.”

“I accept your version of events,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told McDonald, “but the people on the other end, especially the wife, do not deserve that.”

“You get involved in this nonsense and you get sucked in by these people but you are the one facing court.”

McDonald was placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for six months with a $600 recognizance.

In a separate incident, a Gympie man who verbally abused another patron in a McDonald’s car park was placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for eight months with a recognizance of $400 for the public nuisance offence.

The court heard that Christopher James Dailly, 30, of Fairview Road, called the complainant names - “dirty old man” being the one publishable.

The offence took place on October 31 and duty solicitor Leanne Gordon said “rightly or wrongly my client is angry with the world, frustrated and in pain” after losing a leg in an accident.

“He did not think about being around other people who might be impacted by his behaviour,” she said.

Mrs Maxine Baldwin told Dailly that “the last thing you need is a growing criminal history”.

“You can only play out the hand you are dealt, that’s the reality of it. Little kids could be traumatised by that (the language Dailly had used).

In sentencing, Mrs Baldwin told Dailly that eight months was longer than normal for a good behaviour bond but she’d hoped it would be an initiative “to keep driving forward”.

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