Coral Coast victim's charge pulled

LOSING his temper at a community meeting saw Coral Coast Homes and Steelsmart customer Shane McMullen land in court on charges of public nuisance and obstructing police.

But yesterday, when the charges were dropped by Bundaberg Police prosecutors, Mr McMullen said he would have had no regrets even if he had been punished.

“I wanted go to court so I could get my side of the story heard,” Mr McMullen said.

Mr McMullen lost $70,000 when Steelsmart collapsed, and approached Minister for Public Works Robert Schwarten at a Community Cabinet meeting in August.

However, during a heated discussion, Mr McMullen allegedly threw a water jug and injured Mr Schwarten’s hand. The Minister did not press charges, but Mr McMullen was charged by police.

He said yesterday that he was disappointed the case against him had been dismissed.

“I wanted to see the Minister in court so that I could get answers,” Mr McMullen said.

“The whole thing happened because (Mr Schwarten) kept telling me that I should have had (BSA) insurance, and he didn’t seem to understand when I told him I wasn’t eligible because I had a kit home.”



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