A MAN who punched another man in the mouth in Gympie because he didn't pay his taxi fare fast enough was yesterday convicted of committing a public nuisance and fined $400.
Brendan Mark Jamieson, 39, of Wises Rd, pleaded guilty to committing the offence in Mary St about 10.30pm on Saturday, March 17.
The court heard police were called to Mary St at the time and the defendant was in a large group of people. He was seen standing near the rear door of a taxi when three people were getting out of the taxi, including a 20-year-old man who was paying the cab fare.
The court heard Jamieson told the man to hurry up and get out, before hitting him in the mouth with a closed fist, causing large amounts of blood to flow.
Jamieson told Magistrate Maxine Baldwin he was intoxicated at the time and was trying to get his mate out of the situation because he was going to be arrested.
Instead, it was Jamieson who was arrested.
Mrs Baldwin said she was amazed the victim had not had Jamieson charged with assault.