Abusive drunk on riding bike without a helmet fined


RIDING his riding his bicycle without a helmet about 10.30pm at night earned Jimmy Mareko a free ride.

Unfortunately for Mareko, it was in the back of a police car, straight to the Rockhampton watchhouse.

The 32-year-old Rockhampton man reacted to police stopping his late-night bike ride down Dean St by swearing at them and threatening to knock out their teeth.

Mareko pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to a charge of public nuisance.

Defence lawyer Shayne Studdert said Mareko was intoxicated when he was stopped on his bicycle.

After spending four hours in the watch house, he had time to sober up and was apologetic to everyone on his release.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said Mareko was lucky he was only getting charged for public nuisance, and not for the helmet offence or attempted assault.

He was fined $150 and a conviction was recorded.

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