Gladstone boxer Billy Joe Ward.
Gladstone boxer Billy Joe Ward. GLAOLYM

Rowdy Central Queensland boxer hit with $1200 penalty

OLYMPIC boxer Billy Joe Ward bent a fence bar and threw a police officer's torch during a booze-fuelled argument with the cops last year.

The athlete, 19, faced Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday charged with one count of assaulting or obstructing a police officer and one charge of public nuisance.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mick O'Rourke told the court that on November 4 last year, police found two men crawling through a metal fence on Hanson Rd.

When police confronted Ward and the other man, the court heard the boxer began to verbally abuse the officers.

At one point he raised his arms in the air and shouted obscenities.

Ward also grabbed onto another fence bar, in front of the officers, and caused it to bend.

When police attempted to arrest the defendant he did not comply.

Magistrate Warfield said the defendant's behaviour when spoken to by police was "disgusting". Ward, who pleaded guilty to the two charges, was fined $1200. A conviction was not recorded.



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