Throwing ice was the start of didgeridoo and bin fight

A BOOVAL man armed himself with a didgeridoo to ward off a group of offenders throwing objects, including a garbage can, at him.

One of the group, Ashka Johnson, 17, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court this week to affray and trespassing.

Police prosecutor Sgt Matt Donnelly said officers were called to the victim's South Station Rd address on August 26.

Sgt Donnelly said Johnson and four others were seen shouting abuse and throwing things at the victim and his partner.

The items included rocks, bricks, pieces of timber and a garbage can.

Sgt Donnelly said the victim had felt "extreme fear" and grabbed a didgeridoo to fend off the group.

Defence lawyer Caroline Juratowitch said the attack came after the victim apparently threw chunks of ice at Johnson and his friends.

She said her client and his mates entered the front yard to confront the ice thrower.

Johnson claimed one of his friends was then pushed down the front stairs by the victim, which provoked them into throwing the items at him.

Johnson was also charged with creating a public disturbance and obstructing a police officer for another incident that month.

Sgt Donnelly said the teen had created a nuisance while he was intoxicated at Goodna Railway Station. Railway staff asked him to leave the station due to his disorderly behaviour.

Sgt Donnelly said Johnson reacted in a "violent manner" by deliberately smashing a bottle of alcohol on the platform floor.

When police were called, it took three officers to restrain Johnson as they struggled to handcuff him and take him to the watchhouse.

Ms Juratowitch said Johnson came from a disadvantaged background and was remorseful for his actions.

She said her client had been intoxicated on both incidents but that he did not drink alcohol very often. Johnson was fined $900.



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