Fines for public pee-ers

ANSWERING the call of nature has landed many a bloke – and a few girls – before Gympie Magistrate Court, charged with urinating in public.

However, new amendments to the legislation means public pee-ers will soon instead be dealt with by on-the-spot fines.

“Soon these matters will all be tickets – unfortunately you’ve been brought before the court,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told a man charged with the offence and asked him where he was when he ‘fell short’.

“It makes a difference whether you were in full view of everyone or trying to be discreet.”

The court heard Clay Matthew Williams, 20, of Van Doren Road, Southside, “went” in Nash Street on June 2. He was fined $70.

When Jeffrey David McGreggor, 63, appeared before Mrs Baldwin on a charge of urinating in public she asked him what happened.

The court heard he had urinated at the front entrance of a Gympie hotel on June 27 after being refused re-entry to use the toilet.

“Some people like to run up Mary Street and make patterns with their urine,” Mrs Baldwin said, explaining why the offence was taken seriously. But she acknowledged it was unavoidable in some circumstances, such as no public toilets open at night, and added, “Is it an offence to wet your pants?”

McGreggor, of Gympie, was fined $30 with no conviction recorded.

Another man, charged with the same offence, said he did it “in the darkness”.

Shane Anthony Williams, 34, was charged by police when the spotted him urinating near the Monkland Street taxi rank on July 3. Williams, of Oxford Court, Southside, was fined $70.

Gympie Times


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