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Window broken 'to get oxygen'

CREATING a public nuisance by yelling abuse in Lawrence St and committing wilful damage by jumping on the bonnet of a car cost a Gympie man $200 restitution as well as having to complete 40 hours community service.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Briar Earl Milne, 20, of Station Rd, had also kicked the rear window of the police car once he had been arrested and he had since apologised for his behaviour.

Solicitor Clare Braithwaite said her client had panicked when he was handcuffed and put in a vehicle with no air-conditioning in 32 degree heat.

"He tried to break the window to get some oxygen," she said.

Ms Braithwaite said her client was going to get a lawn mower to start his own business on the day the offences occurred, December 25, but was told the person giving him the mower was moving overseas.

The court heard that, combined with alcohol, was behind Milne's behaviour, as he had "been drinking all day".

"Develop some skills to cope when someone stirs you up," Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Milne.

Topics:  alcohol community service court drunk public nuisance restitution

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