Fishing dream becomes nightmare

WHAT was meant to be the fishing trip of a lifetime turned into a nightmare for a shift supervisor when he lost his temper and kicked down a Yeppoon hotel manager's door.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Steven Anthony Young was in Yeppoon on holidays with friends In August, celebrating his first Friday night off in over a year.

But when the holiday apartments' manager asked the group to quieten down about 2am, the 45-year-old Ipswich man “lost control” and followed him back to his room, swearing.

Young, who had been drinking, swore at the manager and followed him out of the room and down the stairs, continually asking him who he was.

Prosecutor Sergeant John Nelson said the manager went into his unit but Young kicked down the door and followed him into the kitchen, asking who he was.

Police arrested Young and found 15.8 grams of cannabis in his possession when they searched him at the watchhouse.

“He couldn't be interviewed in relation to it because of his level of intoxication,” Sgt Nelson said.

Young pleaded guilty to wilful damage, trespassing and possessing dangerous drugs.

The 45-year-old said he had been working as a shift supervisor at night for the past three years and the stress of his job had started affecting his life.

Young said the week away in Yeppoon for a fishing trip was his first break in years and it was “like Christmas”.

“It was supposed to be a fishing trip of a lifetime,” he said.

“Unfortunately it turned into something very different.

“Young said he had not known who the manager was as he had walked in announced.

But he did not know why he had “lost control”.

Young was put on a $500 good behaviour bond for nine months.

- By Felicity Caldwell, Queensland Times



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