William Russell Anderson leaving the Rockhampton Courthouse.
William Russell Anderson leaving the Rockhampton Courthouse. Alister Thomson Rokatcourt

Club ban for teenager 'pleasing'

AN 18-year-old man says he’s pleased a magistrate has banned him from Rockhampton nightclubs.

Acting Magistrate Mark Morrow issued the order in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday after William Russell Anderson pleaded guilty to a number of charges including entering premises with intent to commit an indictable offence, assault occasioning bodily harm and public nuisance.

The ban was issued because Anderson was involved in a fight with another man outside Strutters Nightclub in Rockhampton on April 14 this year.

The pair had to be separated by police after an argument started between them but that did not stop a fight breaking out where the pair fell to the ground.

Acting Magistrate Morrow said he had made numerous banning orders in Gladstone and Anderson had to show “exceptional circumstances” existed to avoid the ban.

He fined him $400 and said he was satisfied the public nuisance was committed outside of a nightclub and that Anderson posed an unacceptable risk to patrons there.

Outside of court Anderson said he welcomed the ban, which runs until December.

“It’s a good thing. It will stop me from getting drunk,” he said.

However, the ban did not extend to licensed premises.

Anderson also pleaded guilty to breaking into Stockland Rockhampton on November 10, 2007, where he threatened to stab a security guard with a pair of scissors.

He was convicted and fined $400.

Acting Magistrate Morrow sentenced him to three months in prison with immediate parole for punching a security guard at a taxi rank in Rockhampton on January 9 this year.



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