Spate of offences in Gladstone

A SPATE of offences during a week has left Magistrate Neil Lavaring wondering what provoked a Gladstone man to break the law.

“I suspect you must have been dealing with some problems in your personal life (to commit the offences),” Mr Lavaring told Warrick Alan Cunningham after he was charged with drink-driving, assaulting or obstructing a police officer and committing public nuisance from June 14-21.

Police prosecutor Troy Daubaras told the court Cunningham failed a breath test on June 14 after being pulled over in Wurdong Heights, recording a blood-alcohol concentration of .144 per cent.

A week later, Cunningham was wrestling another man on the road outside Bojangles nightclub when police intervened.

Constable Daubaras said the two men were bleeding and attempting to punch one another.

“The defendant kept yelling 'I'm going to (expletive) kill him',” the prosecutor told the court.

Cunningham was then arrested and taken to the watch house where his behaviour was “erratic and aggressive”, Const Daubaras said.

He said Cunningham pulled out of the arresting officer's grasp and attempted to punch the watchhouse keeper.

Defence barrister David Murray said: “It was not simply abhorrent behaviour; it was a manifestation of his problems with the drink.”

Mr Murray said his client had been sober since the last incident and had no recollection of the night's events. “He admits... his behaviour must have been grossly outrageous,” Mr Murray said.

Mr Lavaring said the offences were substantial and the number of incidents happening outside of nightclubs was “still of some concern”.

The magistrate fined Cunningham a total of $2000 and suspended him from driving for 15 months.



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