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Magistrate would love to order to wash mouths with soap

IF Magistrate Bronwyn Springer could order people to wash their mouths out with soap, she would.

Ms Springer made this remark as she sentenced two young men in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Andreas Mulinu'U Fuimaono and Joni Gargar, both 20, pleaded guilty to wilful damage and behaving in a drunk and disorderly manner.

Police prosecutor Julie Marsden told the court the pair was drinking at the Heritage Hotel in the CBD on June 27. About 10.50pm, the defendants went into the female toilets.

Ms Marsden said Fuimaona filmed Gargar as he pulled down framed posters and ripped hand sanitisers off the walls.

She said as they were doing this they were yelling and swearing.

Patrons reported the behaviour and the two were later arrested in Quay St.

Duty Lawyer Jun Pepito said the two men were extremely embarrassed.

He said they wished they had just stayed at home.

The court heard Gargar was dealt with for another wilful damage charge less than a month ago.

Fuimaono had no criminal history.

"You were carrying on like little toddlers," Ms Springer said.

"It seems like you should wash your mouths out with soap too. I wish it was a sentence open to me sometimes."

Both defendants were fined $550 and ordered to pay $474 restitution.

A conviction was only recorded for Gargar.

Topics:  heritage hotel, rockhampton magistrates court, soap



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