Ex-army man fined after hotel row



A BIG night out ended at the Rockhampton watchouse for Jason David Kemp after he bit a bouncer at the Criterion Hotel.

Kemp, 34 yesterday pleaded guilty to charges of assault occasioning bodily harm and public nuisance following the February 18 incident.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Darrell Dalton told the court Kemp was evicted from the pub because he was intoxicated.

He attempted to re-enter the pub soon after and became involved in a scuffle with two security guards.

During the altercation Kemp bit one of the officers on the forearm and again on the hand, drawing blood on three fingers.

A patron flagged down police who needed to use handcuffs to restrain him before taking him to Rockhampton watchhouse and charging him.

Senior Constable Dalton said Kemp had been in trouble previously for public nuisance offences.

Defence Solicitor Brian McGowran said Kemp had a long distinguished career with the Australian army.

He said the offence was "out of character''.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Kemp $1200 but did not record a conviction.



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