Nursing home visit costs man $3000
A TRIP to the nursing home to visit his dying mother has landed a Rockhampton man with a $300 fine.
Mark Albury pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to conduct causing a public nuisance after he "threatened and abused" an electrical contractor at the Eventide Nursing Home on October 20 this year.
The court heard the 49-year-old had been drinking prior to the visit and had become agitated when he overheard the worker swearing at someone over the phone within earshot of his elderly mother.
Police were called to the incident by staff who had intervened during the verbal confrontation, only to find Albury had left the home.
But the court heard police didn't have to go too far to find him, as Albury had attended the police station himself to report the contractor.
"When he attended the police station he was under the influence of a substance," police prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court.
"He was arrested, transported to the watch house."
After submitting a sample of breath to the police, his blood-alcohol levels were revealed to be 0.194.
In sentencing Albury, Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll said a fine would be appropriate, but suggested drinking was not the best way to deal with grief.
"I only hope you continue with your counselling," he said.
"I also suggest, and I am not a medical professional, that alcohol is no solution.
"Seek other alternatives."
Albury's fine was referred to SPER.