Night out to mark sister's birthday goes bad and in court

ROCKHAMPTON'S Ashley Trent Bettridge thought a night out for his sister's 21st birthday would be harmless.

He was wrong.

The 23-year-old man pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to one charge of being drunk or disorderly in a licensed premises after a night out on June 7, this year.

The court heard around 12am Bettridge and a crew of party-goers went to William St's Zodiac Nightclub to celebrate his sister's birthday.

After some time there, Bettridge became involved in a disturbance.

Police prosecutor Julie Marsden said two security guards at the nightclub had to restrain Bettridge and escort him from the premises.

Duty lawyer Jun Pepito said his client said, "I had to go out that night" because it was his sister's birthday.

Further to that, Mr Pepito said Bettridge was embarrassed about his actions.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer ordered Bettridge to pay a $350 fine.

A conviction was not recorded.



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