Probation for public nuisance

COMMITTING a public nuisance on Christmas Eve last year while already on a suspended prison sentence for the same offence could have landed Dean Trevor Ross Devlin in jail.

But when Devlin, 28, appeared before Magistrate Maxine Baldwin yesterday and pleaded guilty, his suspended sentence was not invoked.

Instead, Devlin, of Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay, was placed on probation for 12 months; his suspended sentence was extended for one month.

Prosecutor Sergeant Chris Lee said Devlin was with two others, who have also appeared in court, in a Tin Can Bay caravan park when they taunted and verbally abused a man.

He said one thing led to another and the complainant was approached by Devlin and hit over the head with a beer bottle, before all three men ran away.

However, solicitor Corey Jenkins said his client didn't enter the caravan park and instead walked away when the complainant followed him.

Yesterday, Devlin also pleaded guilty to wilful damage.

The court heard he punched a stereo in a Rainbow Beach unit in January; he was the landlord and had told the occupants they couldn't host a party. For that charge he was placed on six months probation and ordered to pay $539 restitution.

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