Public nuisance does it again

PAUL McNeil was so intoxicated that he urinated on a public bar, according to the police.

When asked to leave the Stadium Nightclub for this disgusting act he refused to leave, spat at security staff and assaulted police.

On Friday, in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court, McNeil claimed he did not urinate on the bar and how he reacted had been out of character.

But Magistrate John McGrath didn’t accept his excuses.

“Well it’s not really out of character, is it? You’ve got four previous convictions of public nuisance. I don’t know how you can say it’s out of character,” Mr McGrath said.

McNeil pleaded guilty to creating a disturbance in a licensed premises and assaulting a police officer from December 13.

Police prosecutor Barbara Barton said it was 3.30am when McNeil was removed from the club by crowd controllers and was struggling with security staff.

She said he swore at security when they asked him to leave and tried to grab a steel railing to stay put.

Ms Barton said he was eventually handcuffed after spitting on security staff and was taken to the watch-house. There McNeil had become aggressive, using foul language towards police.

“I haven’t done nothing you (expletive),” he yelled and refused to leave the holding cell.

Ms Barton said he then tried to punch one police officer and attempted to assault another.

McNeil represented himself in court on Friday and denied urinating at the bar.

“I have a couple of friends who work at the Stadium and they reviewed videotapes on the night and it’s not true,” he said.

“I did struggle with the bouncers at the nightclub, that’s true, but I don’t believe I struggled with police.”

McNeil said because he was heavily intoxicated he could have fallen asleep in the holding cell.

McNeil was fined $400, with a conviction recorded.



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