Drunk man on assault charge

A MAN expressed his dislike of Holdens by urinating on one and then challenging its passenger to a fight, a court was told.

Wayne Stuart Hall, 24, of Millbank, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to common assault, urinating in a public place and obstructing police.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said a woman alerted officers to Hall's behaviour about 3.30am on August 7, at McDonald's on the corner of Targo and Woongarra streets.

“Police were approached by a girl who said the defendant had urinated on her car and then assaulted a person,” Sgt Stevens said.

The woman was sitting in the car when he approached and said, “Holdens are s**t”, before unzipping his pants and urinating on the vehicle. “He began repeating his comment and yelling,” Sgt Stevens said.

Hall then approached a passenger and began to lightly hit him on the cheek, Sgt Stevens said.

“He was saying to the man: ‘Come on, you wanna fight?'”

Sgt Stevens said police found the man in the McDonald's car park, where several groups of drunk people were standing.

When the officers tried to arrest the man, he resisted by locking his arms so they were unable to handcuff him.

Hall and the officers were involved in a struggle and he was eventually cuffed.

Sgt Stevens said the officers called for a vehicle and Hall resisted arrest again by bracing his foot against the police vehicle.

“Another struggle ensued and the defendant was put in the vehicle,” Sgt Stevens said.

Barrister Simon Burgess said his client was a farm labourer and had the capacity to pay fines.

He said Hall was drunk at the time of the offence and was remorseful and embarrassed about his actions.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts gave Hall a warning and fined him $600 for the offences.

“You may find a more serious penalty if you come back before the court again,” Ms Batts told the defendant.

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