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Old Rebel without a cause is fined for urinating in park

LEO Russell Rebel and his brother Neil probably aren't on the best of terms after Leo was caught urinating in public and gave police Neil's name.

Leo, 56, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to public urination, public nuisance and contravening a requirement given by police.

On June 13, police were patrolling the parklands around Victoria Park when they observed Rebel "stagger" around, turn his back to them and begin urinating.

There were a number of people using the park at the time.

Rebel admitted to police that he was urinating, but when police asked for his name he swore at them and refused to provide it.

Eventually he told them his name was Neil.

On a separate day, police were patrolling the park around Quay St, where Rebel was sitting with a group of people.

As they walked past Rebel began swearing loudly, calling out to the officers to leave them alone.

The court heard that Rebel has a six page criminal history of similar offences.

His defence lawyer said the majority of the offences were alcohol related.

The court also heard he has no stable address, often staying in parks or on the riverbank, and is on a disability payment.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer said she found it frustrating that people chose to live their life like that.

"It shows you're not a contributing member of society when that's the way you live your life," she said.

"It can't possibly be good for your health."

Ms Springer imposed a $100 fine and sentenced him to six weeks imprisonment, suspended for eight months.

The $100 fine adds to his $5377 SPER fine, although he has not made any payments for 18 months.

Topics:  rockhampton magistrates court victoria park



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